Florida Opened a Fake Alligator Farm to Catch Poachers

A multiyear undercover investigation snagged nine men who now stand accused of felonies ranging from poaching to racketeering.

Fifty years ago American alligators were hunted so heavily that they were classified as an endangered species. Today Florida has so many gators—more than 1.3 million—that an annual public hunt is held to help manage the population. This animal was shot on a hunt this year.
Photograph by Kirsten Luce, National Geographic

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