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Alligator surveys on Newnans, Orange, Lochloosa lakes

News Release

Monday, May 09, 2011

Media contact: Karen Parker, 386-758-0525

Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) scientists are conducting alligator surveys on Newnans, Orange and Lochloosa lakes this month.

"We just want people to be aware of the schedule, because we conduct the surveys on airboats at night with a spotlight," said Cameron Carter, FWC biologist.

In Alachua County, there is a curfew on airboat usage from 7 p.m. to 7 a.m., except for law enforcement and scientific research purposes.

These annual spotlight surveys are conducted in the spring to monitor alligator populations. According to Carter, spotlight surveys are the best method to observe alligators, due to their reflective eye shine.  

The schedule for the surveys is:

May 12  Orange Lake - Two airboats with spotlights 8:30 p.m. to 1 a.m.
May 19  Newnans Lake - One airboat with spotlight  8:30-11:30 p.m.
May 26  Orange Lake - Two airboats with spotlights  8:30 p.m. to 1 a.m.
May 31  Lochloosa Lake - One airboat with spotlight  8:30-11:30 p.m.

The dates could change, depending on the weather, according to Carter.



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