MANATEE -- Hunters with permits can begin trapping alligators starting -- now.
The statewide alligator harvest hunt kicked begins Saturday and many hunters are out tonight to start the season.
Hunters with permits are allowed to take up to two alligators each from established hunting areas. Gators also have to be bigger than 18 inches in length, so no young gators.
All permits for this year's hunt are sold out.
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Florida Fish and Wildlife estimates there are 1.3 million wild alligators in Florida. The hunt is a way to manage the gator population.
The gator hunt has been done every year since 1988. It runs through Nov. 1.