A weekly Division of Law Enforcement report issued by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) on July 14, 2023 details a case of a Florida Man in Nassau County caging an alligator in the front yard of his house — resulting in the issuance of several charges.
According to the release, Officer Specialist Stuhr and Investigator Mandrick responded to information from the Nassau County Sheriff's Office Narcotics Unit regarding the gator; when visiting the house, the deputies identified a dog kennel with an alligator inside, documenting class 2 wildlife caging violations, including no permits possessed by the subject.
The officer and investigator took possession of the alligator, relocating it to a licensed facility.
The subject was charged with one felony and seven misdemeanor charges including the following:
The above case wasn't the only time FWC officers responded to a call regarding an alligator, though. In Santa Rosa County, Officers Lugg, Burkhead, and Wilkinson received information from a deputy in Alabama regarding a traffic stop he'd conducted recently.
The stop by the Alabaman deputy revealed a fresh, untagged alligator hide in a garbage bag located inside the subject's vehicle, the release states. The subject told the deputy he was on his way to Florida, and that the alligator was killed in Florida.
Officers gathered further information from the deputy, interviewing the subject about the dead gator. The subject admitted to having possession of the untagged gator hide. Officer Lugg then seized the hide and cited the subject with several violations related to the untagged hide.
You can read the Division of Law Enforcement's Weekly Report from June 30 through July 6, 2023 in its entirety below: