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Alligator hunters may be able to use handguns

Alligator hunters may be allowed to use handguns and pursue their prey 24 hours a day, under proposals intended to provide them with more flexibility in killing the most formidable inhabitant of Florida’s rivers, lakes and swamps.

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission will hear a report Dec. 6 on the alligator hunting program and whether to loosen restrictions on a hunt that the report says “has received tremendous national and international media attention and continues to be a model to other states.”

Harry Dutton, coordinator of Florida’s alligator management program, said the resumption of hunting in 1988 has had little impact on the state’s alligator population, currently numbering about 1.3 million.

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