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Gator Popularity takes off, thanks to reality TV shows.

The popularity of alligator hunting has taken off in the past couple years. In Florida since 2009, Alligator tags given out have increased by over 2,000. Some of the residents admit to viewing some of the reality shows like; Swamp People, and Gator Boys, and then wanting to reproduce what they see. Unfortunately, the reality shows may have caused an increase in illegal hunting says one Florida gator hunter, “They watch it on TV and think hell, I can do that”.

Alligators were on their way to extinction in the 1950s and now have become one of the most regulated species on the planet. A lot of people think they can come down to Florida, buy a hunting license and shoot a gator. In reality you need an alligator hunting license, permission to hunt on the land you choose, and a tag from the Florida wildlife officials for each gator harvested. Any illegal poaching of alligators in the state of Florida will get you a third degree felony a fine and some time in jail.

Even though Florida may have a record alligator harvest this year, experts say the species is alive and well, and the hunting will not dent the population. Alligators breed at a high rate compared to some animals. Florida has an estimated 1.3 million alligators.

If you’re not in to the killing of alligators but are still intrigued by them thanks to the reality shows, a great way to view an alligator is to take air boat rides in Florida. A great place for this is at Wild Florida. So come out and see these great creatures in their natural habitat. With no developments near by, Wild Florida has the best air boat rides in Florida. They pride their selves in the fact their air boat rides doesn’t pass through residences or cow pastures, like many of the others. They also have a great Wildlife Park, so give them a visit. Being close to Orlando, its in a great location.