Florida wildlife officials want to know who shot an alligator with arrows in an apparent attempt to harvest the reptile.
Lee County deputies responded to the injured 11-foot alligator on April 28 at a Fort Myers pond, the News-Press reported. The animal had two arrows in its head and a rope wrapped around its snout and feet.
Deputies and the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission helped a contracted trapper remove the alligator, which was transferred alive to a farm.
Officials want anyone with information to call the FWC Wildlife Alert Hotline at 1-888-404-3922 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-780-TIPS. Callers at both sites can remain anonymous and could be eligible for a reward.
Alligator hunting season runs from August 15 to November 1 and requires a special permit from the state. Residents can report nuisance alligators at 866-FWC-GATOR.