The hunt for gators


Published: Thursday, January 24, 2008 at 4:36 p.m.
Last Modified: Thursday, January 24, 2008 at 4:36 p.m.

Mike Hartman and Larry Bressette of Bridgeport, Mich., caught several alligators last summer, turning one of them into a rug. Hartman and Bressette hunted with Tiger Godwin of TNT Gators in Jay, Florida. Godwin works for the state and hunts only "nuisance" alligators.

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Mike A. Hartman, 64, left, and Larry R. Bressette, 69, pictured Jan. 22, 2008 in Bridgeport, Mich., hold up two 10-foot-long alligators their hunting party bagged last summer in Florida. Hartman and Bressette hunted with Tiger Godwin of TNT Gators in Jay, Florida. Godwin works for the state and hunts only "nuisance" alligators with a permit, they said, noting that it's against the law in Florida for the general public to kill alligators.

Jeff Schrier/The Associated Press

It's against the law in Florida for the general public to kill alligators. But Godwin has an alligator permit, and Bressette has acquired hunting licenses the past three years.

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