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Subject 391-4-12 NUISANCE ALLIGATOR HARVEST

Rule 391-4-12-.01 Purpose

The purpose of these regulations are to establish procedures by which agent-trappers designated by the Department may take and dispose of nuisance alligators. They also prescribe necessary qualifications, selection and review procedures, and conditions governing operations of agent-trappers.

Rule 391-4-12-.02 Qualification and Liability of Agent-trappers

(1) Shall reside in the region where the agent-trapper is authorized to take, possess, or kill alligators.
(2) Shall be capable of supplying all equipment necessary to perform the duties of an agent-trapper.
(3) Shall have sufficient time available to promptly take designated alligators.
(4) Shall not have been convicted of violating any law or rule protecting crocodilians within two years of the date of application.
(5) Shall assume personal liability for their health, welfare and safety while acting as agent-trappers.
(6) Shall not be engaged in alligator farming or employed by anyone so engaged.

Rule 391-4-12-.03 Selection and Review of Agent-trappers

(1) Applicants for agent-trapper shall be reviewed by a Game and Fish Division selection committee which will make recommendations for selection to the Director of the Game and Fish Division for appointment. The number of appointments shall be based on need.
(2) Agent-trappers appointed shall enter into a contract with the Department to take and possess nuisance alligators in accordance with this rule. The sole consideration for this contract shall be the appointment as an agent-trapper and the right to keep and dispose of the alligator meat, hides, and other products.

Rule 391-4-12-.04 Conditions Governing Operations of Authorized Agent-trappers

(1) The agent-trapper will be issued a permit assigning in writing a specific nuisance alligator complaint by designated Department personnel. No agent-trapper shall possess any live alligator for more than 48 hours except as directed by designated Department personnel.
(2) Alligators shall be humanely killed, but firearms (except a bang stick) shall not be used without specific authorization by the Department.
(3) An alligator hide tag furnished by the Department shall be attached within 24 hours to any alligator killed by the agent-trapper and shall remain attached until consumed by the lubricator. No person shall possess any untagged alligator hide.
(4) Alligators shall be skinned only at designated sites and in accordance with written skinning instructions provided by the Department. The tagged hides and parts of the alligators taken may be held by the agent-trapper at a designated site for purposes of salt curing or cold storage until time of sale.
(5) The meat of the alligators taken may be consumed by the agent-trapper or his immediate family or may be sold or transferred only as provided in Chapter 391-4-13. Containers of meat processed for personal consumption by the agent-trapper or his immediate family shall be labeled in indelible ink with the hide tag number of the alligator from which it came and the agent-trapper's name.
(6) Each agent-trapper may be assisted, providing that no such assistant shall transport or possess any alligator or conduct any trapping activity except in the presence of the agent-trapper. However, alligators may be skinned and processed by an assistant at a designated facility without the agent-trapper being present, and tagged hides or other properly packaged and labeled alligator products may be transported by an assistant provided they are accompanied by complete DNR shipping documents. Assistants shall assume personal liability for their own health, welfare, and safety while assisting an agent-trapper.
(7) Property rights to nuisance alligator hide tags issued to agent-trappers shall be vested in the Department and shall remain the property of the Department. No person except an authorized agent-trapper shall possess any nuisance alligator tag at any time. Unused alligator hide tags must be returned to the Department within 15 days of the expiration date of the nuisance alligator collection permit.
(8) Issuance of nuisance alligator collection permits and alligator hide tags shall be discontinued and agent-trapper contract terminated upon receipt of information verified by the Department that the agent-trapper has:
(a) Attempted to generate alligator complaints;
(b) Failed to respond promptly to an assigned complaint;
(c) Been convicted of a violation of any regulation or law concerning the taking of alligators or alligator eggs;
(d) Violated any portion of this rule;
(e) Acted incompetently in carrying out the responsibilities of his assignments.
(9) Agent-trappers must have a valid trapper's license in order to take nuisance alligators and sell alligator meat, hides or products.

Rule 391-4-12-.05 Repealed

Rule 391-4-12-.06 Repealed