- Associated Press - Saturday, August 16, 2014

LOXAHATCHEE NATIONAL WILDLIFE REFUGE, Fla. (AP) - Some animal rights advocates are protesting the allowing of alligator hunting in a South Florida wildlife refuge.

The Arthur R. Marshall Loxahatchee National Wildlife Refuge is opening its first-ever alligator hunting season to control the reptile’s population.

Eleven hunters, randomly selected from more than 1,000 applicants, are being allowed to take two alligators each from the roughly 150,000-acre swamp and forest.

The Palm Beach Post (http://bit.ly/1t7wk1R ) reports some representatives from the Animal Rights Foundation of Florida are planning protests, saying “hunting is against the very sense of the term ‘refuge.’”

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Information from: The Palm Beach (Fla.) Post, http://www.pbpost.com

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