When we first heard rumors of a hunting season for alligators in NC last Fall, we couldn't believe our ears. How could we go from alligators being on the threatened species list, to setting aside a month each year to hunt them down and kill them? We immediately started plotting on how we could stop this from happening.
The NCWRC had 9 public hearings in January. We attended the hearing in Graham and spoke about how NC's alligator population could not support a hunting season. We also sent numerous e-mails, wrote and mailed letters, handed out brochures to several Wildlife Officers, as well as doing an interview that ended up on the front page of the Brunswick Beacon. We also had an article published in the State Port Pilot. Nearly everyone we knew went online to "disagree" with the proposal.
After months of being on pins and needles (and several sleepless nights), we finally found out on February 11th that the proposal did NOT pass! We were also thrilled to find out that Alligator Alliance is listed on the actual proposal that was signed into law on that day. We may have to fight this same battle again in the future. If we do, we are prepared to be a voice for the alligators that we love so much!
Thank you to the Brunswick Beacon for featuring Alligator Alliance on the front page of your paper. Thank you to the State Port Pilot for publishing every letter we've ever written to them about alligators. Thank you to everyone who stood with us in our fight against the proposal. And last but not least, thank you to NCWRC for your hard work and dedication to all the wildlife that live in our state.
The link to see the resolution regarding the proposed alligator hunting season is below.