U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Announces Alligator Harvest

ANAHUAC, July 31, 2012 - The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has announced that an alligator harvest will be conducted on the Anahuac and McFaddin National Wildlife Refuges during the 2012 alligator hunting season, which runs from September 10th-20th on both Refuges. Anahuac NWR is located in east Chambers County approximately eighteen miles southeast of the town of Anahuac. McFaddin NWR is located in Jefferson County approximately twelve miles west of Sabine Pass.

Permits will be issued to one individual for each Refuge. The number of individuals and alligator hide tags will be determined following quotas set by the State of Texas. Permits will be issued for the 2012 season only. Hunters are required to have at least one helper and must trap everyday during the refuges’ 10 day season until tags are filled. Special regulations will be in effect.

Experienced alligator hunters, 18 years of age or older, interested in receiving a permit application and/or further information can contact the Texas Chenier Plain Refuges Complex office in Anahuac, TX, (409) 267-3337. Applications are available to print online at http://www.fws.gov/refuge/Anahuac/ or http://www.fws.gov/southwest/refuges/texas/mcfaddin/. Applicants must complete and supply all information requested on the application. Incomplete or unverifiable information will disqualify applicants. Selected permittees and alternates must consent to background checks.

Completed applications must be received in the Texas Chenier Plain Refuges Complex office or visitor center, by 4:00 pm on Sunday, August 19, 2012. Permits will be issued to individuals selected in a random drawing from the pool of qualified applicants at 7:00 pm on Thursday, August 23, 2012 at the Texas Chenier Plain Refuges Complex Headquarters building, 4017 FM 563, Anahuac, Texas.



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