In the wake of the killing of an alligator, California Fish and Game officials have reopened an animal management facility for the first time in almost two decades, the Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission announced.
A snakehead fish camp opened in February, and the Fish & Game Service announced in November that it had begun releasing alligators from a holding tank.
A federal court order in March forced the agency to reopen the camp.
It reopened on March 22.
The Fish &, Wildlife Service has released nearly 600 snakes and a host of other aquatic animals from the Snakehead Fish & Frog Camp, which was opened in 1932.
The facility was previously closed to the public, and only the facility’s management team had access.
It was a wildlife management camp that operated under the authority of the Department of Fish and Fisheries, which operates the California Fish &; Game and Calaveras County Game &.; Wildlife Commission, since 1949.
A Fish && Wildlife Service spokeswoman said that the agency was still working with the Fish&.; Frog Camp staff to determine how best to return the animals to the wild.
She said that a new camp will open this fall.
“The Fish &.&.> Frogs Camp was closed to all visitors for over two years due to the threat of invasive reptiles in the area,” the Fishand Wildlife Service said in a statement.
“It was a closure we decided to re-open as a wildlife facility with a new management plan that was in place prior to the closure.
The staff at the Fish And Frog Camp have been extremely cooperative and supportive of the FishAnd Frog Program since its inception.”