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Gator parts lead to citation for illegal killing

Posted at 1:06 PM, May 09, 2016
and last updated 2016-05-09 13:06:21-04

PALM BEACH COUNTY, Fla. -- Wildlife officials have cited a man after finding alligator parts scattered thought a pickup truck.

It happened recently in the Corbett Wildlife Management Area just east of Lake Okeechobee.

According to Florida Fish and Wildlife, officers stopped the truck to check their day-use passes and noticed something unusual: scattered throughout the cab of the truck were alligator parts, including an alligator foot in the dashboard of the truck!

The driver claimed the parts were from an alligator he hunted a few years ago, but the officers could smell that the alligator had been taken recently.

After reading him his rights, the man confessed to killing the alligator just a few days ago without a permit, and he was cited for the violation.

Special permits are required for hunting alligators.

If you think someone has taken or is in possession of an alligator illegally, you're asked to call the Wildlife Alert Hotline 888-404-FWCC (3922) or text/email Tip@MyFWC.com.