National Geographic : 2009 Nov
Armed Louisianans snare an eight-foot alligator on a chicken-baited hook. "It's like pulling in a log," says a hunter, "until the alligator sees you. Then the battle begins." The state manages a healthy annual harvest of some 34,000 wild and 240,000 farm-raised alligators. Last year the hides and meat brought in nearly $60 million.