(J Pat Carter/AP)

After all, it’s hard to turn down an offer to fork over just $5,000 for a day in a swamp. Besides, we heeded the invitation’s warning that “Space is very limited!!” for the hunt, which was set for Sept. 5-7, the weekend before Congress returns.

Well, seems like maybe not that many folks wanted to take a “swamp tour” in the summer, because we got a reminder this week that space now is really, really limited.

“Make sure to RSVP as soon as possible! Only FIVE spots left for the Alligator Hunt,” the e-mail said.

C’mon folks. Maybe there’ll be a cool breeze?