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Are Gator Violations up Because of Show?

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BATON ROUGE, La.—The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries says alligator hunting violations are rising, and one reason appears to be the popularity of a certain reality TV show.

The department says there were 69 gator hunting violations in 2009 and 2010, 80 last year, and 89 so far this year.

Some violators told wildlife agents they were copying what they saw on TV.

The History Channel's ‘Swamp People' features alligator hunting, and began airing in August 2010.

Most violations are for hunting alligators without a license and possessing an alligator without a license.

You could get 120 days in jail and a fine of more than $900 for your first offense.

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