FWC investigating gator taking

Published: Thursday, August 15, 2013 at 09:47 AM.

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission is investigating the legality of the taking of as many as two alligators from Lake Wimico.

According to Lt. Stan Kirkland with the FWC, the agency launched an investigation after receiving a complaint last week.

The event occurred sometime in the past two weeks, Kirkland said.

“We have launched an investigation and are going through the process,” Kirkland said. “We are taking this seriously.”

The complaint is focused on whether and how the gators were taken.

The recreational season for alligator harvest – for which the state issues more than 3,000 permits annually, Kirkland said – does not open until later this week and continues through November.

Kirkland said some private entities are issued permits to take gators.



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