Hunters for the first time ever will be allowed to kill alligators inside the Loxahatchee National Wildlife Refuge today. 

Federal wildlife officials are letting eleven people inside the preserve, beginning at 5:30 p.m., despite criticism from animal activists. 

A spokesperson with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service says hunting is actually a requirement of a federal refuge. 

One hunter says the largest gators in the state live there. 

A protest is planned at the entrance of the Refuge.

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