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See 'ya Later Alligator

posted on November 3, 2006

Florida may be instrumental in moving the alligator farther off the endangered species list. Currently, the reptile is considered a "species of special concern" but officials with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission believe the animal could be downgraded to "game" within the next five years. The change will likely be influenced by the fact that the alligator population has topped one million.

Also this week, the Fish and Wildlife Commission will allow homeowners to kill or trap nuisance alligators on their property. How to dispose of the animal remains in question, but officials doubt the animals will be sold. A spokesman with the program believes it is more likely the homeowner would be allowed to eat the animal.

Even though it is not related, the call for rules changes comes on the heels of three fatal alligator attacks.

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