CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) - South Carolina wildlife officials say they've received a record number of applications for alligator hunting licenses.
The Natural Resources Department said more than 4,000 applications have been received so far. Wednesday is the deadline to pay $10 to apply for a license for this fall's season.
Only 1,200 applications will be approved. The agency uses a computer program to select the winners, though the program gives a bonus to those who have applied unsuccessfully in the past.
Those selected must pay $100 for the alligator hunting license.
South Carolina's month-long alligator hunting season opens Sept. 10.
Officials say more than 400 alligators are killed during the hunting season each year. Officials estimate South Carolina has more than 100,000 alligators.
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