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Information sought regarding unlawful harvest of alligator in Jackson County

News Release

Friday, May 22, 2015

Media contact: Bekah Nelson, 850-265-3676

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) is seeking information regarding the unlawful harvest of an alligator in Jackson County.

The approximate 8-foot alligator was killed some time around the morning of May 8 and shortly after was hung by a steel chain from the Birchwood Road overpass that intersects Interstate 10. Around 4 a.m., a motorist traveling west on I-10 struck the hanging alligator, resulting in extensive damage to the vehicle.

The FWC asks anyone who has information regarding this incident to call its Wildlife Alert hotline at 888-404-FWCC (3922) or text People with information may be eligible for a reward of up to $1,000.

It is unlawful to kill, injure, possess or capture an American alligator or other crocodilian unless authorized by the rules of the FWC.

FWC Facts:
Panthers are carnivores - meaning they eat meat only. A panther's diet includes deer, wild hogs, raccoons, armadillos, rabbits and even small alligators.

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