WUFT News

Lake County seeks alligator trappers

By on April 9th, 2013

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission is accepting applications for people interested in being contracted nuisance alligator trappers in south Lake County.

Preference will be given to applicants who live south of the Florida Turnpike because that is the area without a trapper, said Joy Hill, the northeast regional spokeswomen for the commission.

Applicants must have live in Lake County, have an active email address, clean criminal history and no fish and wildlife law violations, according to a comission press release.

Last year there were 424 nuisance alligator permits issued and that 328 of those alligators were harvested in Lake County, Hill said.

More than 5,700 alligators were captured and harvested last year in the state.

Hill said normally when an alligator sees or hears a person, they scatter. The alligators that don’t leave and don’t seem concerned are considered nuisance alligators.

In addition, alligators that are less than four feet are not considered nuisance alligators and are not trapped.

Trappers are not paid for their work but can earn money by selling the skin and meat of the alligators they harvest.

“This is an opportunity to save the tax payers of Florida money by having people do this who are willing to help out,” Hill said.


This entry was posted in Environment and tagged , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink.
 

More Stories in Environment

Gulf Shores

Once Vilified, BP Now Getting Credit For Gulf Tourism Boom

The once vilified BP is now being commended for its efforts in helping to attract visitors back to the Gulf Coast. The oil company is spending more than $230 million in its efforts.


fruit drop

Citrus Greening Continues To Plague Florida Orange Groves

Described as one of the worst diseases to ever hit Florida orange groves, citrus greening is costing the state’s general fund $5.75 million. If the disease is not curbed it could be detrimental to Florida’s agriculture and economy.


Tri-State Group Unanimously Backs Plan For River System

Fifty-six people from Florida, Georgia and Alabama unanimously approved of a new sustainable water management plan. They issued their recommendations even as Florida sues Georgia, with Florida’s government arguing that too much water is being siphoned off upstream.


Doug Hornbeck walks with mourners through the woods during his mother’s funeral at Prairie Creek Conservation Cemetery. Courtesy of Doug Hornbeck.

Florida Cemetery Offers Environmental Burial Options

North Central Florida Cemetery is the only cemetery in Florida that allows people to be buried on protected land. One of the cemetery’s focuses is being environmentally friendly.


Legislature Proposes Reallocating Amendment 1 Funds

The Florida Legislature has proposed spending money earmarked for conservation in other places. The legislature recommended spending between $8 to $10 million of the $750 million conservation funds on land buys.


Thank you for your support

WUFT depends on the support of our community — people like you — to help us continue to provide quality programming to North Central Florida.
Become a Sustainer
I want to support FM 89.1/NPR
I want to support Florida's 5/PBS
Donate a Vehicle
Underwriting Payments