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Mayport woman breaks stereotype, catches problem alligators for Florida Wildlife Commission

12:31 PM, Jun 8, 2012   |    comments
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MAYPORT, Fla--- A local woman is taking a bite out of problem alligators. Angel Boily is one of the few women who catch gators for the Florida Wildlife Commission.

"We have a lot of people who are like 'oh girls are here? Girls are here?'," said Boily. She was the first female nuisance alligator trapper for the Florida Wildlife Commission in Duval County and the fourth ever in the state.

"It's something you normally don't see a woman doing, it is a male dominated field," said Boily. Boily's alligator catching team consists of her daughter Bridgett Waldorff and friend Serena Williford.

Standing at only 5'3", the last gator Boily had to wrangle was even bigger than her. "That was a little bit tougher, it took us several hours, she was a fighter," said Boily. Boily grew up around alligators and never had a fear of them.

When she heard about nuisance gator trapping she applied to the Florida Wildlife Commission and after testing and interviews, she was hired.

Now her daughter is following in her footsteps. "I'm an adrenaline junkie, so I love it," said Waldorff. It's not your typical job for a Navy wife, but Boily said she loves it and hopes to change the stereotype one gator at a time.

"I have four children, three of them are girls and I just want them to know there is nothing out there a girl cannot do," said Boily.

If you spot a problem gator in your area you can call the Florida Wildlife Commission at 1-866-FWC-GATOR (866-392-4286). To find out more about the nuisance alligator program go to this webpage: http://myfwc.com/wildlifehabitats/managed/alligator/nuisance/

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