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    Quote Originally Posted by DeeCee View Post
    Saw a Natgeo special on this problem and one theory on how they were introduced was the result of a reptile facility that was destroyed during a hurricane rather than people setting their exotic pets free.

    My thought is why not have a tag lottery like louisiana and some other states do to reduce the gator population. Snake skins make great boots!
    There are. I don't think it is a lottery like gator hunts in FLtoward the end of the year. There have been at least two authorized hunts in the past year, with money prizes for the largest, heaviest, etc. You don't even have to know what you're - just show up and be prepared to be very uncomfortable.
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    Quote Originally Posted by DeeCee View Post
    Saw a Natgeo special on this problem and one theory on how they were introduced was the result of a reptile facility that was destroyed during a hurricane rather than people setting their exotic pets free.

    My thought is why not have a tag lottery like louisiana and some other states do to reduce the gator population. Snake skins make great boots!
    Yes that was part of how there ended up to be so many, add to that those humans released, and those that escaped their humans pet cages and are never seen again ..... so it's a combination actually, but ultimately it's the fault of humans in every instance. Had they had a hurricane-proof facility it would have ended differently - who of thunk to make a critter facility hurricane-proof in FL - .

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    Quote Originally Posted by b23hqb View Post
    There are. I don't think it is a lottery like gator hunts in FLtoward the end of the year. There have been at least two authorized hunts in the past year, with money prizes for the largest, heaviest, etc. You don't even have to know what you're - just show up and be prepared to be very uncomfortable.
    Why would it ever be closed season for shooting an invasive species? You don't have to pay a bounty because the animals are valuable enough to draw in hunters.
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