'Gator Boys': Alligator Trapping Behind the Scenes

ABC News' Matt Gutman goes on the hunt with Animal Planet stars Paul Bedard and Jimmy Riffle.
3:00 | 01/02/13

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Weighing in at over 200 pounds with giant jaws designed to crush bone, they are one fearsome backyard pet. Giant alligators have become a domestic nuisance in some parts of the swampland and gator hunters make it their plan to get them. Reporter: You think to yourself, so what if it's a 230-pound gator, its mouth is taped. Plus, I'm with professional alligator wrestlers, there's no way I'm going to squeal. Luckily, I'm with the gator boys. This motley pair of gator whisperers of sorts. You ready? Yeah, up. Reporter: Three grown men carrying a nine-foot slab of prehistoric muscle and teeth. Oh, I think it just touched his private parts. Reporter: Paul and jamie's love for fighting gators is so powerful, they're actually rescuing this beast with a bite that can crush a car just to save his skin, literally. So for them, it's either this or being shot? Yeah, turn into a suitcase, a handbag. A nuisance gator has to be kept in captivity or destroyed. Reporter: Have you guys ever had to shoot one? No. We started the rescue and that's at we love to do. Reporter: So you guys are like gator bounty hunters. In a way. There's no bounty, though. Reporter: With no natural predators, they're proliferating, and with housing developments creeping into the everglades -- he's been coming back and forth for quite a while now and I've got all my nieces and nephews here. Reporter: Their rescue services are in high demand. The gator boys are releasing this nuisance gator they trapped in someone's backyard here at the homestead alligator farm in the everglades. There are hundreds of alligators. Reporter: And we're unprotected. All they have to do is go over the rocks. Reporter: They're numbered in the low millions. The biggest ones can weigh up to a thousand pounds, beasts few would tangle with. Which is thousand duo landed the starring role in the animal planet show "gator boys." Their schtick is that they get closer to gators than seems safe, offering some close calls. These days they're tracking gators in the mississippi mud. They're distinguished by a their immunity to fear and trademark quirks. Reporter: You wrestle gators. I understand there's a toughness. But the no shoes, man. Since I started wrestling alligators, I did start with shoes on when I was 11 years old. And it didn't feel right. You didn't have the right footing. So I started going barefooted. Reporter: No props, that's real blood. You guys are the epitome of don't try this at home. Exactly. Reporter: How many years collectively of experience do you guys have in this? Well over 30 collectively. Reporter: How many bites collectively? I have seven total. So over probably 40. Reporter: On this day, the gators boys have two gators to doese of this nine-foot monster and this little guy. Because he's under four feet, we can release him into the wild. Reporter: This guy can't do much damage. If this guy bit you and kept spinning, it's going to pop a finger off. Reporter: Glad the tape is on. So we head out to the heart of the everglades and release the little guy. A lot of people don't understand how or why anybody would love a gator. How could you love these cold-blooded killers? It's kind of like a love-hate relationship. We love them, but this alligator wouldn't think twice about biting you again. I don't like fuzzy things and puppies. I like sharks, snakes, gators. Reporter: Collectively, they have 30 years experience wrestling gators to which there's actually a method to the madness. We head back to the gator farm. What you want to do is get in front of him. Reporter: Are you serious? I'm not doing this. To safely trap a gator, one must tire it out first. But quickly, this gator tires me out. Drop the tail and go str to the neck. Reporter: A titanic battle, gator flunky -- you're going to get bit. Reporter: I'm matt gutman in the everglades.

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