Saturday, October 27, 2007

5 alligators found slaughtered

The Naples News reports that five alligators were found slaughtered and butchered by poachers near a Collier County Marina. Officers from the Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission are investigating. Illegal alligator hunting is a second-degree misdemeanor and can be penalized with a $500 fine and a maximum 60 days of jail time, according to Fish and Wildlife spokeswoman Joy Hill. Ski Olesky, the marina owner, said this is the worst case he has ever seen and is further quoted in article:
“It doesn’t help my business for sure. We try to educate people with the alligators and not destroy the alligators,” he said.

Olesky, who opposes hunting gators, said during alligator hunting season, which runs from Aug. 1 to Nov. 1, he typically finds two to three dead alligators floating in the water near his marina.

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