14 Feb
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Poaching

This photo was taken by a Florida resident who discovered a poached alligator near Okeechobee, FL. It was left to die while being tied by the neck. Alligator season ended on November 1, 2016. According to FWC it is required that a harvest report is produced for any alligator killed. Their website also states, “Floridians and non-residents who are at least 18 years old to take up to 2 alligators per permit. Applicants who are awarded a permit must pay for two CITES tags and an Alligator Trapping License, or provide proof of possession of an Alligator Trapping License valid through the end of the alligator harvest season.”

FWC officers said they see situations like these occasionally. It’s important to report any poaching within the state. This is necessary to reduce the chance of species being hunted to extinction. To report violations you can do so with the following options.

Phone:1- 888-404-FWCC (3922)
Online: https://publictemp.myfwc.com/LE/WildlifeAlert/AlertMap.aspx
Text: Tip@myFWC.com