The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) Enforcement Division and Causeway Police finished a joint investigation that lead to a Lacombe man being cited for alleged illegal alligator possession and transportation charges on July 8.
Whitney Holloman, 33, was cited for possessing an alligator during a closed season, illegal possession of an alligator and for having an unsecured load after an alligator he was transporting across the Causeway Bridge over Lake Pontchartrain fell out of the back of his truck on June 25.
Causeway Police were notified in the morning on June 25 of a large alligator in the left lane of the south bound side of the bridge about nine miles from the south shore of Lake Pontchartrain.
Sgt. Mike Kelley of the Causeway Police was able to capture the injured gator and transport it to the south side of the bridge where Jefferson Parish nuisance alligator hunters took possession of the alligator and attempted relocation. However, the alligator sustained mortal injuries, which were the result of falling from a moving vehicle and was later euthanized.
LDWF Senior Agent Austin Arteaga and Sgt. Mike Kelly reviewed footage from the Causeway Bridge and were able to identify the vehicle suspected of having the alligator. The officers made contact with Holloman, who admitted during questioning to transporting the alligator across the Causeway Bridge in an attempt to relocate it from a Bayou Lacombe swimming hole.
The penalty for each alligator charge is a fine between $400 and $950, and jail time up to 120 days, or both plus court cost and forfeiture of anything seized. The penalty for having an unsecured load on the Causeway Bridge is a non-moving violation to be set by the court. Holloman will also be assessed a civil penalty for the value of the alligator.
Officers participating in the case were LDWF Senior Agents Austin Arteaga, Joel Crump and Keith Francis, and Causeway police officer Sgt. Mike Kelley.
For more information, contact Adam Einck at firstname.lastname@example.org.