Management of Alligator Population

Louisiana's Alligator Program

Over 200 farmed raised alligators are delivered to our airboat location in burlap sacks.

Sacks are loaded into an airboat and then distributed into specific areas of the surrounding swamp and marsh wetland. These alligators are anywhere from 3ft. to 4ft. in length.

The alligators are then dispursed into the surrounding swamp and marsh areas by New Orleans Airboat Tours, LLC personel using an airboat, assuring a healty population of alligators for our future.

Farmers raise alligators until they reach approximately 3' to 5' in length. At this time, the farmer must return back into the wild what would have survived to the 3' to 5' size classes (at 4' average length, 12% of hatch). La. Dept. of Wildlife and Fisheries personnel travel to these farms and must measure, mark and identify the sex of every alligator before release. Alligator farmers and landowners managers release the farm raised alligators into the wild. 

This program is one of the world's most recognizable examples of a wildlife conservation success story. Louisiana's program has been used as a model for managing various crocodilian species throughout the world. Since the inception of the Department's program in 1972, over 810,000 wild alligators have been harvested, over 6.5 million alligator eggs have been collected, and over 3.5 million farm raised alligators have been sold bringing in millions of dollars of revenue to landowners, trappers and farmers. Conservative estimates have valued these resources at over $704,000,000, providing significant, direct economic benefit to Louisiana.


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