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Alligators turning up in Florida with head, tails missing

posted May 25, 2018, 6:44 AM by PHS Warrior Beat

By: Shawn Taylor

    Mutilated alligators are being found in the tampa area and have sparked a pair of investigations with florida’s fish and wildlife commission.

    On Sunday a woman reported that she saw one of the dissipated animals without a head or tail, on the side of the highway 37 in Lakeland, Florida. There was a discovery a week earlier in Myakka City of smaller alligators with their heads and tails missing.

    “Like any of kind of animal there is a lot of poaching like that, and that is really not respectful to the animals and to the law and all of the citizens.” John Paner, the director of croc encounters in Tampa.

    In Florida it is against the state law and a felony to hurt or kill alligators. This was not clear on who is muliating these alligators. Paner says he suspects that the tails of the alligators were cut off for meat and the heads were cut off and used for trophies.

     The recent sightings of the heads and tails being cut off alligators are not the only cases in Florida. In early April on the other side of the state, in Rockledge a jogger found a gator at an estimated 9 feet long on the side of the road with the head and tail missing.

     In March farther north in volusia county, the FWC we're investigating a video of a man dragging an 8 foot alligator with an ATV near US Highway 1. A Florida couple was arrested last year being accused of cutting a trapped alligators tail off and then went door to door trying to sell the tail to their neighbors.

     The FWC estimates that there were 1.3 million alligators living in florida, and they are spread across all 67 counties in the sunshine state.

Edited By: JC