FWC Extends Alligator Hunting Season in Two Counties Affected by Flooding

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Alligator CloseupThe Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) has issued an executive order extending the alligator hunting season in Seminole and Volusia counties because of the historic flooding of the St. Johns River from Tropical Storm Fay.

The order extends the hunting season only on Lake Harney (AMU 505) and Lake Jesup (AMU 510) and in Seminole County (AMU 857) and Volusia County (AMU 864) from one hour before sunset on Nov. 1 through one hour after sunrise on Dec. 1.

The FWC also will refund the base price of the license and tag fees to persons issued permits for these affected areas, provided that the permittee has not used either of the two tags to harvest an alligator and that the permittee mails the original license and both unused tags to the FWC, postmarked on or before Nov. 1.  Persons who are potentially eligible for a refund will receive a letter detailing how to use this option.

Seminole County and Volusia County officials said public ramps under their jurisdiction will remain closed until the water recedes to normal levels.  At that time, officials will inspect ramps and begin repairs where needed and ready them for safe use.  Information about ramps in Seminole County can be obtained at www.seminolecountyfl.gov/guide/prelease.asp.  Information about ramps in Volusia County can be found at www.volusia.org/news.htm

All unused tags and completed copies of alligator harvest report forms from persons issued permits for the affected areas must be received by the FWC by Dec. 15. There will be no refunds or season extensions for any other alligator management units.  For additional information, please visit the Alligator Management section of the FWC’s Web site at MyFWC.com/gators.