Not sure where this leaves Rayburn but y'all got my wheels turning and this is what I dug up. Either way they're game animals and hopefully these guys get caught.
Nearly completely eliminated in the 1950's for the skin and meat trade American alligators are one of the biggest conservation successes.
An estimated 5 million American alligators are now spread out across the southeastern United States. Roughly 1.25 million alligators live in the state of Florida alone.
American alligators occur in Florida, southern Texas, Louisiana and parts of North and South Carolina, Georgia and Alabama. The majority of American alligators inhabit Florida and Louisiana. However, the alligator’s range appears to have been increasing to the north and east in the last few years.
Estimated range today: