FWC Alligator Management Program


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 

FWC seeks contracted Nuisance Alligator Trappers for Indian River County.
The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission’s Statewide Nuisance Alligator Program is accepting applications for contracted nuisance alligator trappers for Indian River County. Applicants must have a clean criminal history, no fish or wildlife law violations and a valid, working email address. Applications must be received by Thursday, September 10, 2015.

Follow this link to learn about the requirements for becoming a nuisance alligator trapper or to apply online. For more information, email FWCGator@MyFWC.com.

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.

All permits for the 2015 Statewide Alligator Harvest Program have sold out. If you purchased an awarded permit, please allow 4 to 5 weeks from the date of payment to receive your permit and tags in the mail.

 New! Attention STA alligator harvest permit holders! Scouting for your alligator hunt will be allowed on the STAs on Saturday, August 8, from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. Only persons with STA permits will be allowed to scout on their permitted area. Guests may ride along in the same vehicle. You should have your permit in your possession while scouting.

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:
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