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Clemson Researchers Help Develop Plan for SC Alligators

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The Department of Natural Resources currently issues 1,200 alligator harvesting permits per year. The Department of Natural Resources currently issues 1,200 alligator harvesting permits per year.
CLEMSON, S.C. -

Clemson University researchers have been asked to help develop a plan to help deal with South Carolina's alligator population.

The school's South Carolina Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit will look at alligator population surveys and conduct field research to verify the accuracy of those surveys. They'll also make recommendations for how to improve future surveys and monitoring efforts.

They'll also use the information they gather to help the Department of Natural Resources design a long-term adaptive plan for harvesting alligators. The goal of the plan is to help ensure their survival, identify critical habitats and enhance economic benefits for landowners and alligator hunters.

"South Carolina benefits both ecologically and economically from its alligator population. This research will make it possible for us to adjust harvest numbers annually so that alligators remain an asset to the citizens of South Carolina," said Katherine McFadden, assistant leader of the South Carolina Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit and assistant professor in Clemson's School of Agricultural, Forest and Environmental Sciences.

The four-year study is funded by a grant from Natural Resources and will be led by Clemson University doctoral student Abby Lawson.

The Department of Natural Resources currently issues 1,200 alligator harvesting permits per year under the Public Alligator Harvest Program for use during a season. Alligator Season typically runs from the second Saturday in September to the second Saturday in October.

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