Florida man charged with illegally killing alligator

PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) – Authorities say a Florida man illegally killed and gutted an alligator.

The Palm Beach Post reports that Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission officers arrested 38-year-old Donald Arthur Daggett on Saturday and charged him with unlawfully taking an alligator.

Wildlife officials began investigating in June after a former girlfriend turned over photos and videos Daggett and another man each killing and taking an alligator from a canal bank near Lake Okeechobee in Palm Beach County. Authorities say the woman also gave investigators a bag filled with what she said was alligator meat.

Florida law requires hunters to have a statewide alligator hunt permit, which authorities issue through random drawings.

Daggett has been released on $4,500 bail. Jail records didn’t list an attorney.

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Information from: The Palm Beach (Fla.) Post, http://www.pbpost.com

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