Ray the Trapper
FWC Contracted Nuisance Alligator Trapper (NAT)
FWC Crocodile Response Agent (CRA)
FWC Bear Response Contractor (BRC)
Privately Licensed Nuisance Wildlife Trapper
Featured on the A&E hit show Live Rescue
Contracted Nuisance Alligator Trapper
Response Agent Services
Ray Simonsen, Sr., aka "Ray the Trapper" is a contracted FWC Nuisance Alligator Trapper, an FWC Crocodile Response Agent, and an FWC Bear Response Contractor.
Educating the Community
Ray the Trapper attends schools, news broadcasts and community events with his alligator friends and other wildlife to educate the public about these fascinating animals. His entertaining animal outreach events showcase his deep respect for these creatures and help to promote safety and conservation.
What is your service area (counties, cities, regions) for trapping services?"I am located in Naples Florida. I cover all of Collier County as a Nuisance Alligator Trapper, I cover the South Region of Florida as a Bear Response Agent, and cover the West Coast of Florida as a Lead Response Crocodile Agent. As a private nuisance wildlife trapper, I service Collier and Lee counties.
Do you only trap alligators?Not at all, most people just find them the most exciting to talk about! I am also licensed to trap crocodiles, bears, and other small wildlife in addition to alligators! I am a bear response contractor for FWC, which means I respond to bear complaints within the community, educate residents, and sometimes perform capture efforts. I am also a crocodile response agent for FWC, (specifically the lead agent for the West Coast), which means that I respond to crocodile situations within Florida and follow FWC protocol from there. My private license allows me to respond to calls for the removal of venomous and nonvenomous reptiles, raccoons, Bufo Toads, and other wildlife.
What should I do if I see an alligator?Keep your distance! A safe distance is 30 feet or more. If the alligator is posing a threat to humans or pets/livestock, call the FWC SNAP hotline at 1-866-FWC-GATOR. Not every gator is a threat, it is very possible to coexist with them.
How do I keep alligators away from my property?We live in the alligators' habitat! As such, we need to always be aware of our surroundings! However, feeding any wildlife may encourage an alligator's presence. Refrain from feeding ducks, turtles, fish, which are included in the alligator's diet.
What do I do if an alligator comes onto my property?Contact the Statewide Nuisance Alligator Program, (SNAP), hotline at 1-866-FWC-GATOR or in case of an emergency, dial 911.
What happens to an alligator after you trap it?By law any nuisance alligator that I trap which is under 4' must be relocated to the wild. Any alligator over 4' must be killed. EXCEPT, as a nuisance alligator trapper, I personally have an additional license (Class II) which allows me to transfer live alligators to a facility that has a license to accept and house live alligators. I work with an alligator farm here in SWFL to transfer as many live alligators as possible. You can see live releases here on the website.
Can I hire Ray the Trapper for an event?Yes! Ray the Trapper and his alligator friend can come visit your private event, school functions, and other social activities. Contact us for more details. Simply contact me via email at Raythetrapper@gmail.com or by phone/text at 239-410-2408.
What do you talk about when you visit as an educator?I speak about capture techniques, equipment that I use, how to respond to a call, and what to do if you encounter a nuisance alligator.