The Oklahoma Department of Wildlife wants to know more about the alligator

State wildlife officers wish to study extra in regards to the Oklahoma alligator.

The Oklahoma Wildlife Conservation Division lately introduced its partnership with Southeastern Oklahoma State College in Durant and Southwestern Adventist College in Keene, Texas, on a two-year analysis research of alligators in southeastern Oklahoma.

“Lots of people do not know there are alligators in Oklahoma,” mentioned Micah Holmes, assistant chief of knowledge and schooling for the Wildlife Division.

The guts of the state’s alligator inhabitants is situated within the Purple Slough Wildlife Administration District in far southeastern Oklahoma. State wildlife officers say southeastern Oklahoma is on the western fringe of the American alligator’s habitat vary.

Holmes mentioned researchers from universities will attempt to learn the way many alligators name residence to Oklahoma and whether or not they’re spreading to areas outdoors of Purple Slough.

“We suppose it exists as a result of there’s a superb habitat in all of that space, however to what extent and to what extent?” Holmes mentioned. “That is the type of factor we wish to know.”

Researchers will entice and tag the crocodile with transmitters to study its actions out and in of McCurtain County.

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State wildlife officials are launching a research project to find out how many alligators live in southeastern Oklahoma and where they reside.

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Robert Bastarach, a biologist with the US Forest Service in Southeast Oklahoma, said on social media that the analysis research would additionally assist the Wildlife Division determine whether or not to permit alligator looking, however Holmes mentioned that’s not the purpose of the mission.

“This analysis will not be an incentive to have a looking season essentially,” Holmes mentioned. “We simply have to get primary background data earlier than we will even consider one thing like that. There’s rather a lot we do not know in regards to the American alligator in Oklahoma.”