Wildlife Officials: Big Gator Shouldn't Have Been Killed

Tuesday, Oct 1, 2013  |  Updated 9:51 AM EDT
View Comments (
)
|
Email
|
Print
Unbelievable Animal Stories: Bullet-Riddled Orangutan Rescued

Getty Images

advertisement
Photos and Videos
More Photos and Videos

Wildlife officials say a 13-foot alligator that was trapped in a St. Petersburg shouldn't have been killed.
 
Lt. Gary Morse of the Florida Fish and Wildlife agency's field office in Lakeland told the Tampa Bay Times the alligator hunter got some misinformation from one of their officers. Morse says the gator's Sept. 25 death is being investigated.
 
Morse says trapper Jovan Johannessen had a countywide alligator permit. When he received his permit, he also got a manual that clearly states trapping is prohibited in "incorporated cities and municipalities."
 
George Heinrich, a local wildlife biologist, says the gator some called "Big Al" for years and says it wasn't a nuisance.
 
St. Petersburg Mayor Bill Foster says he hopes the wildlife agency "prosecutes under the full extent of the law."

More Local Stories:

Get the latest headlines sent to your inbox!
View Comments (
)
|
Email
|
Print
Leave Comments
What's New
Get Our New iPad App
Now optimized for iPad, NBC 6 connects... Read more
Follow Us
Sign up to receive news and updates that matter to you.
Send Us Your Story Tips
Check Out