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Barksdale works with Louisiana Department of Wildlife to control alligator population

Alligators are common in the marshes of Barksdale’s eastern reservation and biannual controlled hunts ensure that their population does not get out of control.

An alligator is pulled towards shore at Barksdale Air Force Base, Louisiana, Sep. 1, 2021. The alligator was reeled in so that a clear shot could be lined up on the animal’s head. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class William Pugh)

Alligators exert a force of 300 pounds per square inch in a single bite, but lack the same strength to open their jaws.

Staff Sgt. Brandon Fail, Barksdale Natural Resources conservation law enforcement officer, holds down the jaws of an alligator at Barksdale Air Force Base, Louisiana, Sep. 1, 2021. Alligators exert a force of 300 pounds per square inch in a single bite, but lack the same strength to open their jaws. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class William Pugh)

Alligators are common in the marshes of Barksdale’s eastern reservation and biannual controlled hunts ensure that their population does not get out of control.

Scott Morhead, Barksdale Natural Resources Department biological science technician, and Capt. Logan Ledesma, 2nd Dental Squadron general dentist, drag an incapacitated alligator out of the treeline at Barksdale Air Force Base, Louisiana, Sep. 1, 2021. Alligators are common in the marshes of Barksdale’s eastern reservation and biannual controlled hunts ensure that their population does not get out of control. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class William Pugh)

Alligators are common in the marshes of Barksdale’s eastern reservation and biannual controlled hunts ensure that their population does not get out of control.

Scott Morhead, Barksdale Natural Resources biological science technician, binds the jaws of an alligator at Barksdale Air Force Base, Louisiana, Sep. 1, 2021. The animal’s powerful jaw muscles can continue to contract even after death, so binding the mouth shut is an important safety procedure for alligator hunters. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class William Pugh)

Alligators are common in the marshes of Barksdale’s eastern reservation and biannual controlled hunts ensure that their population does not get out of control.

A lone tree stands amidst the azure waters of Flag Lake at Barksdale Air Force Base, Aug. 12, 2021. Flag Lake is a haven for various Louisiana wildlife, including the American Alligator. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class William Pugh)

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