Record number of applications for South Carolina gator hunting

CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) – South Carolina wildlife
officials say they’ve received a record number of applications for
alligator hunting licenses.

The Post and Courier of Charleston reported that the
Natural Resources Department said more than 4,000 applications have
been received so far. Wednesday is the deadline to pay $10 to apply
for a license for this fall’s season.

Only 1,200 applications will be approved. The agency uses a
computer program to select the winners, though the program gives a
bonus to those who have applied unsuccessfully in the past.

Those selected must pay $100 for the alligator hunting
license.

South Carolina’s month-long alligator hunting season opens Sept.
10.

Officials say more than 400 alligators are killed during the
hunting season each year. Officials estimate South Carolina has
more than 100,000 alligators.

 

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