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Meetings focus on alligator management

By Times Staff
Published February 25, 2007


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The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission will host a series of public meetings statewide during the next two months to consider better options for managing and providing access to Florida's alligator resource. "These meetings will enable us to discuss and receive additional feedback regarding four key areas of alligator management: public safety, recreational harvests, commercial harvests and conservation," said Harry J. Dutton, alligator management program coordinator for the FWC.

By the numbers

150

alligators in Lake Maggiore at the most recent count in 2005

3,000

pounds per square inch of biting power

35-50

years an alligator can live in the wild

60-80

years an alligator can live in captivity

Source: Boyd Hill Nature Park, www.npca.org/marine_and_coastal/marine_wildlife/alligator.html

If you go

Public meetings

Boyd Hill Nature Preserve Lake Maggiore Environmental Education Center, 1101 Country Club Way S. For information, call 893-7326.

- Alligator Conservation, 6:30-8:30 p.m., Tuesday

- Public Safety, 6:30-8:30 p.m., Wednesday

- Recreational Harvests, 6:30-8:30 p.m., Thursday

For a listing of meetings or for more information, visit MyFWC.com/gators/input.html.

[Last modified February 24, 2007, 20:39:03]


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