Alligator season ends; less than a quarter of quota used

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The first official South Carolina alligator hunting season in more than four decades has ended, leaving only 187 'gators killed out of a possible kill total of 1,000.

The season started a little over a month ago, and it wasn't but a couple of days until a local had killed the first of the year, a 12-footer.

Here's some quick numbers:
100,000: Estimated population of alligators in S.C.
1,500: Number of alligator-hunting applicants
1,000: Number of licenses issued
187: Number of alligator kills made
0: No hunter's killed by alligators

Head over to The Post and Courier for lots more on the conclusion of the season. The paper also has a photo gallery from alligator hunting season.

Read more stories on this subject in our alligator topic page.

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