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Applications for Georgia alligator hunt due July 31

From the Georgia Department of Natural Resources

-- Hunters interested in Georgia's 2010 alligator hunting season need send their online quota application before midnight July 31. Only 850 applicants will be selected to participate in the 2010 season Sept. 4 to Oct. 3.

Hunters can learn if they have been selected by checking the their application status through their account after the deadline.  Selected hunters will receive a temporary harvest tag and information packet by mail in early August.

Additionally, hunters have the opportunity to attend a voluntary training session during which wildlife experts provide information on safety, capture and handling techniques, processing and more.

In Georgia, alligators typically live south of the fall line (which roughly traverses the cities of Columbus, Macon and Augusta), occupying a variety of natural wetland habitats including marshes, swamps, rivers, farm ponds and lakes. Male alligators can reach 16 feet in length, while female alligators rarely surpass 10 feet. Large alligators could weigh
more than 800 pounds. The opportunistic carnivores eat small mammals, aquatic insects, crayfish, frogs, fish, turtles, water birds and more.

For more information on Georgia's alligator hunting season, visit www.gohuntgeorgia.com, contact a WRD Game Management Office or call (770)760-3045.

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