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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)

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