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

State wildlife officers need to be taught extra concerning the Oklahoma alligator.

The Oklahoma Wildlife Conservation Division not too long ago 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,” stated Micah Holmes, assistant chief of knowledge and schooling for the Wildlife Division.

The center 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 stated researchers from universities will attempt to learn the way many alligators name house to Oklahoma and whether or not they’re spreading to areas exterior of Purple Slough.

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

Researchers will lure and tag the crocodile with transmitters to find out about its actions out and in of McCurtain County.

extra:Environmental teams oppose the invoice backed by Oklahoma Consultant Mullen

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

Chasing an alligator someday?

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

“This analysis shouldn’t be an incentive to have a looking season essentially,” Holmes stated. “We simply have to get fundamental background info earlier than we will even consider one thing like that. There’s lots we do not know concerning the American alligator in Oklahoma.”