Almost 300 nuisance alligators removed in Bradenton, Sarasota in 2016

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Posted at 11:42 AM, May 15, 2017
and last updated 2017-06-01 07:05:45-04

(WWSB) – In Florida during 2016, almost 13,000 nuisance alligator complaints were reported to the FWC.

The Statewide Nuisance Alligator Program (SNAP) is administered by the FWC's Division of Hunting and Game Management and is has a toll-free hotline 866-FWC-GATOR (866-392-4286).

Then it is determined if the alligator may be called a nuisance. It must be at least four feet in length and must pose a threat to people, pets or property.

SNAP received 12,772 nuisance alligator complaints and removed 8,118 of those reported in 2016.

Bradenton had 116 of those alligators removed and Sarasota had 176 removed, according to the FWC data.

Now how are these nuisance alligators removed? People apply to be a nuisance alligator trapper on the FWC website. They fill out an application, require a permit and must obtain proper equipment. The FWC then decides who will get the job.

Nuisance alligators are not relocated. Relocation to a new area causes more problems for other alligators and the alligator often tries to get back to where it was originally captured. 

For more visit the FWC website.