Survival food you don't have to store. Yes they are protected to a certain extent. However no longer endangered there is a hunting season for them.
If the shtf and I want some fresh meat guess what I'll be eating. An no it don't taste like chicken, unless you get one from an alligator farm that feed them chicken. The wild ones taste like fish.
Had my first on in 1969, been eating gator ever since.
Rattle snakes don't taste bad either unless you over cook them.
Mother nature does provide.