How to be a Nuisance Alligator Trapper

Alligator_NATThe Statewide Nuisance Alligator Program is administered by FWC's Division of Hunting and Game Management, Alligator Management Program.  FWC contracts with private individuals, nuisance alligator trappers, to remove specific nuisance alligators.

Nuisance alligator trappers are primarily compensated by their marketing and sale of alligator products (hides and meat) from nuisance alligators taken. Trappers may also receive a small expense reimbursement from the FWC for each alligator taken.

Generally, there is not enough "work" to make nuisance-alligator trapping a full time job, and the income earned from the sale of alligator products may not be enough to support an individual or family. Most nuisance alligator trappers have other sources of income.

People interested in becoming nuisance alligator trappers should:

  • Be able to supply any equipment necessary to take alligators (truck, boat, snares, hooks, etc).
  • Have sufficient time to efficiently respond to permits to remove nuisance alligators.
  • Have a record of adherence to fish and wildlife regulations and have no criminal history.
  • Possess personal communication capabilities, including a cell phone and email.
  • Assume personal liability for health, welfare and safety of themselves and their trapping agents.
  • Be eligible to be issued an Alligator Trapping License.
  • Project a positive image to the public and media.

The Statewide Nuisance Alligator Program occasionally has a need for new or additional contracted nuisance alligator trappers.  When trappers are needed, applications submitted within the last 12 months for the specific area of need are considered.

PLEASE NOTE: Applications on file for longer than 12 months are not generally considered.  Consequently, please update your application on an annual basis to maintain an active application for consideration should a need arise.

To apply for a trapper position, complete the Nuisance Alligator Trapper application.  If your contact information changes, you may submit another application with the current information.



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