August 1, 2011
Reward Offered for Information in Alligator Killing in Florida
The Humane Society of the United States and The Humane Society Wildlife Land Trust are offering a reward of up to $2,500 for information leading to the identification, arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible for illegally killing an alligator in Walton County, Fla.
According to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, on June 17, a dead alligator was found in a private pond on Dead River Road off of Highway 81 between the towns of Bruce and Red River. The alligator’s head and tail were cut off and the animal’s remains were stuffed into an Old Roy brand bag of dog food. Officers believe that the alligator was killed between June 14 and June 16 in the Red Bay area. The alligator was caught with hook and bait.
“Poaching is a serious crime and we implore anyone with information about this case to come forward,” said Jennifer Hobgood, Florida state director for The HSUS. “The Humane Society of the United States thanks the FWC for their efforts to find the person(s) responsible.”
- Wildlife officials estimate that for every wild animal killed legally — tens of millions of animals per year — another is killed illegally.
- Every year, thousands of poachers are arrested nationwide; however, it is estimated that only 1 to5 percent of poached animals are discovered by law enforcement.
- Poachers injure or kill wildlife anytime, anywhere and sometimes do so in particularly cruel ways. Wildlife officials report that poachers often commit other crimes as well.
- The HSUS and HSWLT work with state and federal wildlife agencies nationwide to offer rewards of $2,500 for information leading to arrest and conviction of suspected poachers.
Anyone with information is asked to contact the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission at 1-888-404-3922. Officer Darrell Johnson is the contact officer in charge of the case. Callers may remain anonymous.
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