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Officials: Big gator shouldn't have been killed

October 1, 2013
Associated Press

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — Wildlife officials say a 13-foot alligator that was trapped in a St. Petersburg shouldn't have been killed.

Lt. Gary Morse of the Florida Fish and Wildlife agency's field office in Lakeland told the Tampa Bay Times (bit.ly/GzyTpK ) the alligator hunter got some misinformation from one of their officers. Morse says the gator's Sept. 25 death is being investigated.

Morse says trapper Jovan Johannessen had a countywide alligator permit. When he received his permit, he also got a manual that clearly states trapping is prohibited in "incorporated cities and municipalities."

George Heinrich, a local wildlife biologist, says the gator some called "Big Al" for years and says it wasn't a nuisance.

St. Petersburg Mayor Bill Foster says he hopes the wildlife agency "prosecutes under the full extent of the law."

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Information from: Tampa Bay Times (St. Petersburg, Fla.), http://www.tampabay.com.

 
 

 

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