Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation officers charged a man earlier this month with trying to take an American alligator.



During the first week of August, Officer Gore was working an area in Franklin County where he had received information about a large alligator being spotted. While conducting surveillance, he noticed two white males on a small vessel enter the area and he recognized one of the individuals. Gore had issued him prior warnings for attempting to take deer and migratory birds out of season.



The two suspects spotted the alligator and started following it with the boat. While following, one subject took a rope with a large treble hook and started trying to snag the alligator. He made several attempts for about 15 minutes, but was unsuccessful in hooking the alligator.



When the subjects started to leave, Gore conducted a vessel stop. During the stop, one subject cut the treble hook from the rope trying to conceal it but was unsuccessful. During the course of the investigation, the subjects admitted to trying to kill the alligator. Statements were taken and one subject was charged with attempting to take an American alligator.



Officers Gore and Allen were working early morning hours in Apalachicola Bay due to complaints they had received about night oystering. During the course of their patrol, they were able to locate two different vessels actively harvesting shellfish before sunrise. Both vessels were stopped and escorted back to the boat ramp.



At the ramp, three individuals were cited for harvesting oysters between sunset and sunrise. Both operators were also cited for operating a vessel without navigational lights and an insufficient number of personal flotation devices (life jackets). They were given warnings for no marine sanitation devices, no fire extinguishers, and no Apalachicola Bay Permits displayed on a vessel