Florida's fish and wildlife board has moved to adopt a proposal that would make it legal to trap alligators 24 hours a day during the state's 11-week hunting season. At present, it is legal for hunters to set alligator traps between 5:00 PM and 10:00 AM, making the new proposal a massive expansion on the legal limits of reptile hunting. Current limits are in place to protect the number of alligators across the south.
"These changes are not about populations," said Harry Dutton, the Alligator Management Program's coordinator. "They're just, for lack of a better term, administrative shuffling. They're benign."
Alligators are often the victims of wildlife trafficking that necessitates statewide preservation efforts. There are an estimated 1.3 million alligators currently in the wild.