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Alligator Hunting Season in Alabama

Restoration of the American alligator is a national conservation success story in which Alabama played a lead role.  Unregulated alligator harvest throughout the South in the 1920s, 30s and 40s threatened the species with extinction.  In 1938, Alabama took action and became the first state to protect them.  Other states followed our lead and, in 1967, the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service placed the American alligator on the Endangered Species List.  Two decades of protection enabled the species to rebound.  By 1987, it was removed from the Endangered Species List but retained as a federally protected species.

Alabama's alligator population has grown to the extent that they pose a nuisance in many areas.  Implementing a regulated alligator hunt on a small scale is an important step toward controlling populations and better managing this unique reptile.

Registration for the 2014 alligator hunts will begin on June 3 at 8:00 AM and conclude July 8 at 8:00 AM.  The hunts will be held on August 14-17 and 21-24 in the Mobile-Tensaw Delta and west cental Alabama.  Hunts in southeast Alabama will be held on August 8-24. 

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