FWC continues investigation of gator taking

Published: Thursday, August 22, 2013 at 09:43 AM.

Kirkland said some private entities are issued permits to take gators. The investigation is focused at least in part on whether a private permit was used to take the gators impermissibly.

The investigation, according to multiple sources familiar with the investigation or who have spoken with investigators, appears to be related to a recent trip taken on Lake Wimico by several county-paid individuals during non-work time.

One of those was the county attorney; another a county commissioner.

Kirkland could not comment on the subjects of the investigation.

In a separate occurrence that Kirkland labeled “interesting”, the county wrote a letter to FWC officials last Wednesday, after the investigation was initiated, requesting the FWC remove all its boats and trailers from county property, citing space issues.

When asked if Kirkland was familiar with any similar request from a county government during his long with the FWC, Kirkland replied, “No.”

Kirkland said the agency removed all its boats from county property last Friday.

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