Kommissie vir die bewaring van vis en wild in Florida (FWC) beamptes het gereageer op 'n verslag van die krokodil wat naby Stateweg gevind is 62 in Manatee County. Die krokodil het aansienlik ontbind toe dit gevind is.
FWC officers are now investigating what happened to the alligator, JAKKALS 13 News reported.
“We thought the worst,” Heather Morneau, who found the alligator’s body, told the outlet. “We thought that someone had chopped off its head. We were trying to figure out if someone would do that.”
Morneau also said it looked like there were bullet holes in the animal’s body, according to Newsweek.
FWC said that if someone killed the alligator without a license or took its head as a trophy, they could face criminal charges.
Florida allows a statewide harvest from Aug. 15 tot Nov.. 1 every year – as long as the hunter has a proper permit; otherwise, the hunter faces a third-degree felony charge, WFLA reported.
Another possible charge would be the dumping of debris over 15 pond, which is a first-degree misdemeanor, and possession of parts without a permit.
The FWC has asked anyone with information regarding the incident to contact the FWC’s Wildlife Alert Hotline at 888-404-3922.