Alligators

Alligators
Alligator
Alligators have inhabited Florida’s marshes, swamps, rivers and lakes for many centuries, and are found in all 67 counties. In recent years, Florida has experienced tremendous human population growth. Many residents seek waterfront homes, and increasingly participate in water-related activities. This can result in more frequent alligator-human interactions, and a greater potential for conflict.

The Statewide Nuisance Alligator Program is administered through contracts between the Commission and nuisance alligator trappers. Approximately 40 private trappers are contracted to remove specific nuisance alligators. Individuals may call the toll-free number to submit complaints regarding nuisance alligators.

If you need to report a nuisance alligator, call
866-FWC-GATOR (866-392-4286).


The Commission will evaluate the complaint and determine if the alligator should be removed by a licensed nuisance alligator trapper. This program permits the removal of alligators that are determined to be a threat to the welfare of the public, or the public’s pets, livestock, or property. It is illegal for the general public to kill, capture, or relocate nuisance alligators.

Although many Floridians have learned to coexist with alligators, the potential for conflict always exists. The following links provide valuable safety tips for coexisting with alligators.

Living With Alligators
For Kids
Nuisance Alligators
Living With Alligators Presentation