Alligator hunting in a wildlife refuge in Florida has risen concerns, but it's part of good animal management, says U.S. Fish and Wildlife.
The state has approved an alligator hunting season in the Loxahatchee National Wildlife Refuge in western Palm Beach County, and has received opposition in the form of letters and emails from people claiming a "refuge" should be just that, a place where animals can go to be safe from harm.
According to WPEC-TV, the approval is part of continuing efforts to expand hunting opportunities in wildlife refuges across the country. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has responded to concerns, claiming that hunting is a time-honored tradition and can actually help maintain populations of certain game animals. A modest amount of hunting, like what has been approved, is unlikely to affect the total population of certain species.
The first set of plans call for 11 alligator hunting licenses sold for the specific region, giving each licensed hunter the chance to take two gators.
Loxahatchee National Wildlife Refuge totals 147,392 acres, including the northern-most portions of the Florida Everglades. Duck hunting has already been approved in the refuge.
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