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Gator hunt licenses given

Florida authorities have awarded 583 licenses for this year's statewide alligator hunt in September.

The successful applicants _ who had about a 1-in-15 chance in a computerized random selection process _ will be notified by the Game and Fresh Water Fish Commission by the end of the month.

About 2,300 gators were harvested during last year's season, wildlife biologist Harry Dutton said Thursday.

This year's hunt, which is divided into two phases, will take place at 36 sites across the state, largely clustered in Central Florida. The first phase runs Sept. 1-15 and the second phase Sept. 16-30.

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