The 2018 Florida statewide alligator harvest is officially underway.
The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission has issued more than 7,500 permits in the effort to help manage the alligator population.
The FWC says conservation efforts have helped alligators rebound from a spot on the endangered species list to an estimated statewide population of 1.3 million.
The alligator harvest program has been going on for more than 30 years, with the goal of providing sustainable hunting opportunities throughout Florida. This years harvest program kicked off on Wednesday.