Gator growing: Local farmers look for economy to pick up

Next time you buy a leather purse, wallet or briefcase, there’s a pretty good chance the material may have come from an alligator near you.

That’s because many alligator farms thrive in swampy areas of the Tri-parishes.

Rockefeller Refuge Biologist Manager Ruth Elsey said the industry blossomed around 1986 when Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries began allowing alligator farmers to collect alligator eggs out of the wild, rather than only breeding them.

“It’s just far more economical to collect the eggs out in the wild,” said Elsey. “You have to maintain the alligators all year long, constantly repairing fences, feeding adults all year. They will nest, but the fertility sometimes isn’t as good as it is in the wild.”

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About Candace M Hansen

Wildlife advocate, conservationist and environmentalist.
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