Hunters seeking alligators and quick money have invaded the swamps of Louisiana in the United States for a 25-day alligator hunt.
GV Men catching alligators in swamp
CU Alligator being pulled onto boat and men on boat pulling alligator on board (4 shots)
SV Hunters skinning alligators
HUNTERS CATCHING ALLIGATORS IN SWAMP: ALLIGATOR BEING PULLED ONTO BOAT: HUNTERS SKINNING ALLIGATORS.
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Background: Hunters seeking alligators and quick money have invaded the swamps of Louisiana in the United States for a 25-day alligator hunt.
The Federal Government has protected alligators for some years as it was feared they would be hunted to the point of extinction.
But in Louisiana the once dwindling alligator population of 100,000 has soared to 300,000 and the State Wild Life Committee called a hunting season. The situation got to the point where alligators, discontented with staying in the swamps, were invading drainage ditches and backyards.
For the hunters, alligators's hides mean anything from 50 US dollars (25 sterling) to 200 US dollars (100 sterling) a piece.