Alabama conservation officials are considering a hunting season for alligators in Mobile and Baldwin counties -- the first such hunt since gators came off the federal endangered species list nearly 20 years ago.
Many of the thousands of alligators in the state are killed illegally, sometimes to eliminate a threat. Others are captured and relocated. Florida this month has had three deaths attributed to alligator attacks in the span of a week, but such attacks are rare in Alabama. Under a proposal by the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, hunters would be required to attend a training session on August 18th conducted by conservation officials in Spanish Fort.
The department's advisory board votes Saturday at its Gulf Shores meeting on allowing the proposed hunt, set for August 18th-24th. It would be open to 50 applicants randomly drawn by computer on July 17th. The hunters will be allowed to capture one alligator six feet in length or longer. No use of bait is allowed.