Reward Offered as Death of American Crocodile Known as "Blue #9" Investigated, Florida Wildlife Agency Says

The croc was found floating near Islamorada on Sunday

Thursday, May 16, 2013  |  Updated 9:25 AM EDT
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9 Foot Crocodile Visits NOAA Employees in Virginia Key

Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission

The female American crocodile known as "Blue #9."

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South Florida Neighborhood Plays Host to Crocodile

Residents in a South Florida neighborhood, Enchanted Lake, have spotted a crocodile in their midst. One man wants wildlife officials to come get it, but they say crocs tend to go right back, and that the threatened species are not aggressive like alligators.

9 Foot Crocodile Visits NOAA Employees in Virginia Key

The crocodile comes to get water during the dry months, said biologist Tom Jackson. Jennifer Reeves reports.
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A reward of up to $6,000 is being offered in connection with a suspicious crocodile death in the Florida Keys over the weekend, authorities said.

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission said it is investigating after a female American crocodile called “Blue #9” was found floating in Florida Bay near Islamorada on Sunday.

Officers recovered the crocodile’s carcass along the mangrove-covered shoreline near mile marker 74, the FWC said in a statement Wednesday.

She was a longtime resident of the area and recently laid eggs in a planter box near U.S. 1, the agency said.

The FWC’s Wildlife Alert Reward Association and the Humane Society of the United States are together offering up to $6,000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person who killed the croc.

9-Foot Crocodile Common Sight at NOAA on Virginia Key

The FWC asks anyone with information on the death of the crocodile to call it at 1-888-404-FWCC or the Crime Stoppers hotline at 1-800-346-TIPS. Callers can remain anonymous.

The American crocodile in Florida is listed by the federal government as a threatened species, and killing one is a third-degree felony.

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