FWC Alligator Management Program

Alligator in STA-1W

Overall Goal of Alligator Management: Manage Florida's alligator population for its long-term well-being and the benefits of users.



Nuisance Alligator Hotline: 866-FWC-GATOR

People with concerns about an alligator should call FWC’s toll-free Nuisance Alligator Hotline at 866-392-4286. When someone concerned about an alligator calls the Nuisance Alligator Hotline, FWC will dispatch a contracted nuisance alligator trapper to resolve the situation.

Program News 

The FWC's Statewide Nuisance Alligator Program is accepting applications for contracted nuisance alligator trappers for:

  • Hernando County: Applications must be received by Friday, Sept. 21, 2018.
  • Pasco County, north of SR 52 and US Hwy. 98: Applications must be received by Friday, Sept. 21, 2018.
  • Glades County: Applications must be received by Wednesday, Sept. 26, 2018.
  • St. Johns County, west of US Hwy. 1, north of CR 214: Applications must be received by Thursday, Sept. 27, 2018.

Applicants must have a clean criminal history, no fish or wildlife law violations and a valid working email address. Visit the Nuisance Alligator Trapper page to learn about the requirements or to apply online. For more information, email FWCGator@MyFWC.com.

Statewide Alligator Harvest Program Information

Additional county-wide alligator harvest permits are available. In response to updated alligator population management objectives, additional alligator harvest permits have been made available icon_pdf.gif in 2018 for county-wide harvest units. Permits are still available and can be purchased at GoOutdoorsFlorida or in-person at a license agent or county tax collector’s office. If you have been issued a harvest permit, you can purchase additional permits (limit of 10 permits in total). 

You should know where you can legally hunt before applying for permits. 
The county-wide harvest unit descriptions icon_pdf.gif indicate where harvest is prohibited, and you can see where others have taken alligators in a county by searching the harvest data.

Online Alligator Harvest Report Form for Statewide Alligator Harvest Program participants. You must know your FWC Customer ID number to access your records. This ID number is printed on the upper left side of your Alligator Trapping License and can be found on your hunting and fishing licenses. If you complete the online form, then you do not have to mail in a hard copy form, unless you transfer your alligator carcass to a commercial alligator processor, then you must also complete or print out a hard copy of the alligator harvest report form,icon_pdf.gif and a copy of this form must be transferred with the carcass.

Living With Alligators Information

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