BY GENA HUFF, Editor
An American alligator created quite the scene in Aliceville during the last weekend of May. The six-foot gator was spotted ambling across the grassy area behind Fred’s and near Buchanan Lumber Company, close to Baptist Line Road.
No one knows where exactly the alligator originated from, but he created quite a stir as people posted pictures on Facebook and social media. Some guessed he must have come from Lubbub Creek, but the gator was not forthcoming with any information. He was released into the Tombigbee River after his capture by Conservation Enforcement Officers with the Alabama Wildlife and Freshwater Fisheries Division.
The gator sighting comes at an unfortunate time for alligators, an opportune time for those hunters wanting to bag their own. The Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (ADCNR) online registration for the state’s 13th annual regulated alligator hunts began June 5.
A total of 260 Alligator Possession Tags will be distributed among four hunting zones. The administrative fee to apply is $22 and individuals may register one time per zone. The tag is free, but the selected hunters and their assistants must have valid hunting licenses in their possession while hunting.
Registration must be completed by 8 a.m., July 11. Only Alabama residents and Alabama lifetime license holders ages 16 years or older may apply for tags. Alabama lifetime license holders may apply even if they have moved out of the state.
See complete story in the Pickens County Herald.