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Alligator trappers needed in Marion County

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The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission is looking for people willing to catch and kill alligators.

The commission is accepting applications for nuisance alligator trappers in Marion County, according to a news release.

Applicants must reside in Marion County, have a valid, working email address, a clean criminal history and no fish and wildlife law violations.

According to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, there have been 54 cases of unprovoked alligator bites from 2006 to 2012 in Florida.

Joy Hill, Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission Public Information Coordinator, said trappers perform a public service.

“It helps us help folks out there who are having issues with alligators that are becoming a nuisance for them,” she said.

Trappers are provided full training. Payment is the alligator, which they can sell to a processor, or keep for themselves, Hill said.

No experience is necessary to apply, and applications are due by Jan. 31st.

Jenna Lyons edited this story online.

About Ethan Magoc

Ethan is a news editor at WUFT News. He's a Pennsylvania native who found a home reporting Florida's stories. Reach him by emailing emagoc@wuft.org or calling 352-294-1525.

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