North Carolina county to permit alligator hunting due to over population

HYDE COUNTY People who obtain an alligator hunting license are now allowed to hunt the creatures in designated areas in Hyde County, WRAL reports.

According to the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission, to reduce population, permitted alligator hunting is allowed in three designated areas of Hyde County only -- Swan Quarter, Fairfield and Engelhard.

The addendum to the Alligator Management Plan was approved on July 12.

Applications will be accepted for alligator hunting permits through Aug. 10. The permits will be valid from Sept. 1 through Oct. 1, 2018 in the designated areas only.

An alligator hunting license costs $250 for North Carolina residents and $500 for non-residents. Applicants must be 16 years of age or older and there is an $8 application fee for each of the designated hunt areas. The bag limit for permit holders is one alligator per permit with a season limit of one alligator per permittee.

More information on application requirements can be found online.