Gator won't be charged in poaching
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The sight of a 12 to 14 foot-long alligator is

something south Georgia folks see occasionally, but

few have seen one take an adult deer out to lunch.

Actually -- for lunch.

The photographs of this deer-eating alligator were

taken from the air by Terry Jenkins, a U.S. Fish and

Wildlife Service District Fire Management Officer.

She was preparing to ignite a prescribed fire at

Harris Neck National Wildlife Refuge, about 40 miles

south of Savannah, Georgia, on March 4, 2004.

“One advantage of fire work is you get to see that

12-14 footers are common from Santee National

Wildlife Refuge in South Carolina to Coastal South

Carolina to Georgia‚s coast,” said Jenkins. ”It

looks like the alligator population is doing

extremely well.”

This one was at least 12-13 feet long. Jenkins said that some bull alligators have a 35-inch girth.

The Service uses a helicopter capable of igniting

controlled burns by dropping flaming fuel-filled ping

pong balls on pre-selected areas. Jenkins works

throughout parts of North Carolina, South Carolina

and Coastal Georgia refuges and fish hatcheries. The

Service uses prescribed fire to improve habitat and

reduce the risk of catastrophic wildfires.

If you‚re a deer hunter, the refuge hosts an archery

hunt on September 15-17, 2004 and a gun hunt

November 19, 2004 (only 150 permits will be

issued). For more information, and to obtain an

application, visit: http://harrisneck.fws.gov/

Applications must be received by August 31, 2004 at

Savannah Coastal Refuges, 1000 Business Center Drive,

Parkway Business Center, Suite 10, Savannah, Georgia,

31405.

The alligator will not be charged with hunting deer

out of season, animal cruelty, or any one of several

possible water quality violations. He may, however,

be charged with being one mean gator. If we could

catch him... Or wanted to...
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