FWC Alligator Management Program

Alligator

Overall Goal of Alligator Management: Manage Florida's alligator population for its long-term well-being and the benefits of users.

 

Nuisance Alligator Hotline: 866-FWC-GATOR


Program News 

The FWC is implementing a new permit application process for the Statewide Alligator Harvest Program. The application period for Phase I of this process will begin on May 6. Go to the Statewide Alligator Hunt Permit page for more information.

The Statewide Alligator Harvest season ended at 10 a.m. on November 1st. Remember that for each alligator that you harvest, a completed alligator harvest report form must be submitted to the FWC.  The best way to do this is by using our online CITES Tag Reporting System. If you have any unused tags, they must be returned to the FWC at the following address. 

FWC Alligator Management Program
620 S. Meridian Street
Tallahassee, FL 32399

The deadline to submit completed copies of alligator harvest report forms and return unused CITES tags is November 15, 2015.

Online Alligator Harvest Report Form for Statewide Alligator Harvest Program participants. You must know your FWC Customer ID number to access your records. This ID number is printed on the upper left side of your Alligator Trapping License. If you complete the online form, then you do not have to mail in a hard copy form, unless you transfer your alligator carcass to a commercial alligator processor, then you must also complete or print out a hard copy of the alligator harvest report form,icon_pdf.gif and a copy of this form must be transferred with the carcass.

Important update! The 2015 revision of Florida Statute 379.3751 provides for exemptions for Alligator Trapping Agent's licenses for persons under the age of 16 and fee exemptions for those with a valid FWC Resident Disability License; those with a disability license will still need to apply for a no-cost agent's license. These exemptions do not include senior citizens. Alligator Trapping Agent’s licenses ($52) may be purchased at any county tax collector's office, sub-agent location (authorized sporting goods store or other retailer selling hunting or fishing licenses), through the Internet, or by calling 1-888-347-4356. Upon purchase these licenses can be used immediately. Anyone with an Alligator Trapping Agent’s license can help any licensed and permitted alligator trapper. Agents may only take alligators in the presence of a permitted alligator trapper.

 



FWC Facts:
Female alligators rarely exceed 9.5 feet in length, but males can grow much larger, up to 14 feet long and more than 1,000 pounds.

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