MDWFP conducts annual alligator surveys

Biologists and Conservation Officers from the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (MDWFP) are conducting annual alligator surveys throughout the state to monitor alligator populations. These surveys are conducted at night along established routes, some as long as 34 miles in length, on 16 major river systems and lakes. Alligator population data obtained from these surveys were instrumental in successfully removing the American alligator from the endangered species list in 1987. In addition, the survey data have helped support the most recent expansion of alligator hunting opportunities. The deadline for applying for a 2012 alligator hunting permit is June 15th.

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