FWC investigating gator taking

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

“Essentially there are private landowners that have permits year round,” Kirkland said.

The investigation is focused at least in part on whether a private permit was used to take the gators impermissibly.

“It is still early in the investigation,” Kirkland said, adding that additional details would not be available until the conclusion of the investigation.

The investigation may or may not be related to a recent trip taken on Lake Wimico by several county-paid individuals during non-work time.

That trip was mentioned during a recent BOCC meeting and was the subject of a separate anonymous complaint to this newspaper, which contacted the FWC and received information about its investigation.

Jennifer Jenkins, executive director of the Tourist Development Council, who mentioned the excursion briefly during a BOCC meeting, said FWC officers had contacted her regarding her trip.

 Jenkins said she was on her own time and the trip was not part of any contract involving the TDC.

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