Home / Environment / Lake County seeks alligator trappers

Lake County seeks alligator trappers

By

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.

About Casey Christ

Casey is a reporter for WUFT News and can be contacted by calling 352-392-6397 or emailing news@wuft.org.

Check Also

Anthony Dennis, the environmental health director at the Alachua County Health Department, sets up a generation one BG-Sentinel trap, which is used to trap Aedes mosquitoes. Aedes mosquitoes are the species that carry various diseases, including Zika. Dennis is planning to place BG-Sentinel traps near already existing light traps in the county (Rachel Mowat/WUFT News).

Mosquito Trapping Begins for the Summer Season

By using chickens and mosquito traps, the Alachua County Health Department has begun collecting data to learn more about potential diseases and local threats.