Stop Cruel Alligator Hunt in Wildlife Reserve


Target: U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Director Dan Ashe

Goal: Stop the first-ever approved alligator hunt in a wildlife reserve

Wildlife reserves were designed to protect the animals and wildlife living within them, but the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service recently approved an alligator hunt in a Florida reserve. Not only is this a violation of the very nature of wildlife reserves and the animals that should be protected within them, it also authorizes the hunters to use cruel hunting methods that will cause the alligators needless suffering.

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service recently announced its approval of the first-ever alligator hunt in the Loxahatchee National Wildlife Refuge in Florida. Eleven hunters have been authorized to heartlessly kill two alligators each using a cruel hunting method called a “bangstick.” Bangsticks are poles that shoot shotgun shells or bullets into the animals’ brains, often leaving them conscious while they suffer the pain and fear of being shot, captured and finally killed.

Wildlife reserves are created to be a safe haven for the animals and wildlife that reside within them. This alligator hunt violates the protective nature of these reserves and should not be allowed. It is the responsibility of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to ensure animals remain safe and unharmed in protected areas, not to authorize the unnecessary killing of these innocent animals. Demand the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service immediately revoke its authorization of this alligator hunt and ban hunting in all U.S. wildlife reserves.


Dear Mr. Ashe,

I was shocked to learn that the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service recently approved an alligator hunt in the Loxahatchee National Wildlife Refuge in Florida, and I strongly oppose this irrational decision.

The purpose of wildlife reserves is to protect the animals and wildlife that live within them. This approved alligator hunt is a clear violation of the protective nature of these reserves, and by authorizing this hunt, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is failing to ensure these animals remain safe and unharmed in protected areas. Further, the planned use of bangsticks to hunt these poor creatures creates unnecessary suffering by allowing them to remain conscious after they are shot, exposing them to prolonged pain and fear while they are captured and killed.

I urge you to immediately revoke the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s authorization for this cruel and unnecessary alligator hunt and see that hunting in wildlife reserves is banned permanently.


[Your Name Here]

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  1. caryl sawyer says:

    Ashe is worse than useless. Call your congressman! Again and again if necessary.

  2. Cecily Colloby says:

    …and this goes on in a WILDLIFE RESERVE??????

  3. Kae Blecha, OTR says:

    So now you’re allowing hunting in a nature reserve. Quite a sense of entitlement you got there, Mr. Ashe. Normally we only get to see that trait in reality show divas and criminals. How much did those guys pay you?

  4. Kathy Khoshfahm says:

    Unbelievable that the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service would approve something like this. Fucking unbelievable. We need a Revolution in this Country to replace the scum that has authority to make these kinds of calls…

  5. Barbara Griffith says:

    There may be to many gators in this reserve. You do know about the large snakes that are thick in all of the swamps in Florida now don’t you? The snakes have wiped out most of the animals that used to live there. There are hunters that are licensed by the state but they can’t make a dent in the snake population. All of the raccoons have been wiped out because the snakes ate them as well as anything else on four legs the snakes can catch. These things also kill family pets such as dogs and cats because they have been found in yards. The alligator population can get to a tipping point because they are protected. These are not pets and they can get to well over 10 and 12 feet long or more. No one is safe in a lake or pond where there are alligators. I just wanted to add that some of the snakes have been found to be 15 feet or longer.

  6. Hunting and killing in a wildlife reserve is a contradiction in terms, anywhere in the world. As to the methods used to capture and kill : are you serious?…Have those responsible try them on themselves some day?

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