Now that alligator hunting in the Everglades is allowed, the season officially begins.
The refuge is part of the northern portion of the Everglades.
Animal rights activists have reportedly planned to meet hunters as they arrive to go after the gators in the refuge. Hunters are only allowed to hunt at night to avoid safety issues with other Everglades visitors.
Alligator hunting has been allowed in many parts of Florida sine the 1980s mainly to curb the growing population and help avoid human-alligator confrontations.
11 hunters received hunting permits through a drawing of more than 1,200 applicants.
Florida Fish and Wildlife officials spent ten years monitoring the population sizes, and determined an expanded hunting season, in this case into a sanctuary many feel should be a safe haven for animals.
Positives point to the fact that gator meat from the tail and ribs can sell for up to $18 a pound, and the hunters stand to make some money if they sell it. And because the refuge has not been culled before, hunters are thinking they have a shot at a mammoth beast.
No doubt they do, and we’ll be watching to see what they come up with.
Have you ever hunted alligator?