It is official. NC will have its first alligator hunting season since 1973 starting September 1st - October 1st 2018. We are very disappointed and saddened by this fact. We have worked diligently to avoid this for the past 4 years. We aren’t surprised. In fact, we’ve known about it for a few months.
The e-mails have started to flood our in-box with people asking what the public can do to stop this from happening. I’m afraid the time to “stop this” has already passed my friends. We have attended every meeting, both public and private, to address this issue for the past 4 years to no avail. At many of the meetings we’ve attended there were less than 20 people in attendance. Of those 20, for the most part, we were the only ones there who showed up to protest hunting alligators. We wrote numerous letters to local papers advising the public what needed to be done in order to stop this. We also posted detailed meeting dates and times on our website and begged the public to help us with this.
You can read all about the “Changes in Regulations for 2018-2019” at the following link on the NCWRC’s website:
Just click on the link and scroll down to section H6 Alligators.
If you oppose the hunting season, continue to scroll down to the bottom of the page and leave a comment.
You can e-mail the NCWRC at:
You can call ALLEN BOYNTON (in charge of The NC Alligator Task Force) or you can e-mail him:
We can’t guarantee you that it will do any good, but you know what they say … the squeaky wheel gets the grease.
We will continue to oppose killing our last living dinosaurs. We will continue to attempt to educate the public about how to co-exist with these marvels of nature. We will continue to clean alligator habitats. We will continue to ask the NC Wildlife to ticket the people who are illegally feeding our alligators (which causes us to have to clean their habitats).
In our opinion an alligator hunting season for NC is a huge mistake. We don’t think it will last for long, but we do think immense damage to our alligator population will be done. The NCWRC admits that it takes females 18-19 years to reach sexual maturity. It doesn’t take a genius to figure out that unless there is a size restriction on alligators that can be harvested, there is the chance that too many females will be killed and then we won’t have any alligators for years (possibly decades) to come.
We haven’t had an alligator hunting season in NC since 1973. Want to know why it was stopped in 1973? Because they were ERADICATED. Want to know the meaning of the word “eradicate?” ELIMINATED. UTTERLY DESTROYED.
I will be honest with you. I (Lisa) have been so upset about this that I’ve had thoughts about ending Alligator Alliance. My husband and I have worked so hard on this little organization of ours. If you’ve read any of our blogs or met us and talked to us, you know we only have 2 “human” members. Our Alliance is with the alligators. We are 100% self-funded and non-profit. We don’t get paid for anything that we do. We pay out of our own pockets for the brochures and wrist bands that we hand out for free. We don’t charge for the presentations that we do to educate people on how to co-exist with alligators.
I once read an online comment that someone had written about me (and Alligator Alliance). It read something like this … “Lisa has been coming to Brunswick County (Oak Island) since the 1960’s (which means every year for a week-long vacation) and now she wants to save the alligators.” Part of that comment is true. I have been coming to Long Beach (now Oak Island) since the mid-1960’s. I fell in love with Brunswick County 50+ years ago.
No, we don’t live in Brunswick County (we’re currently looking for a 5 acre minimum tract of land), but during the warmer months (March - October), there is rarely a 2 week period that goes by when we’re not there. I’m not lounging around on the beach drinking umbrella drinks during my “vacations.” I’m working. I’m picking up trash on the roads we’ve adopted through the NC Adopt-A-Highway program. I’m cleaning alligator habitats, talking to the public about them, handing out brochures and wrist bands, driving all over Brunswick County each day to visit alligators and find new ones. And, most of all, I’m enjoying seeing them in their natural habitats.
One more thing, I had planned on writing a children’s book about alligators and creating an alligator coloring book over the winter. Unfortunately, I haven’t been able to do those things. There was a death in our family. I lost someone on December 29th that I loved very much and these past few weeks have been a struggle for me to say the least. We still have plans to create a coloring book that we’ll hand out for free. I still have plans to write a children’s book. I already have a working title and the outline of the book in place, so stay tuned.
Thanks again for your continued interest and support. We hope you’ll take the time to voice your complaints about the alligator hunting season to the NCWRC. Remember, when the going gets tough, the tough hit the swamp!