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FWC Wants Bigger Budget For Rogue Alligators

State game officials plan to ask lawmakers for more money to manage so-called “nuisance alligators” after the June 14th death of a 2-year-old Nebraska boy near Disney’s Seven Seas resort in Orlando.

Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission executive director Nick Wiley says the commission will ask lawmakers for an additional 60 thousand dollars for the Statewide Nuisance Alligator .

“We really need them. They are important, a major important part of what we do as far as alligator management.”

According to Wiley, the state keeps more than 100 licensed trappers on call and pays a 30-dollar stipend for each alligator removed. Commission figures show the state received nearly 14 thousand complaints about nuisance alligators last year and euthanized more than 7,500.

Trappers killed six alligators near the resort after the fatal Disney attack.

A Miami native, former WFSU reporter Jim Ash is an award-winning journalist with more than 20 years of experience, most of it in print. He has been a member of the Florida Capital Press Corps since 1992.