Release Date: 05/16/2006

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Enforcement Division agents arrested a Lafayette man for possessing live alligators without alligator permits on April 26.

Agents acting on a complaint found Stephen McCall Jr., 19, with two live alligators in an aquarium.  Agents had cited McCall on Feb. 15, 2006 for the same violation when he was found with two live alligators at the same residence.  Agents seized and released the alligators into the wild in both cases.

Both cases are still pending court action.  The penalty for possession of live alligators without a permit is punishable by a fine between $250-$500, or jail time up to 90 days, or both plus court costs.  The penalty for second offense possession of live alligators without a permit is a fine between $500-$800, imprisonment between 60 and 90 days, and forfeiture of anything seized in connection with the violation.

Agents participating in the case were Sgts. Travis Huval and Chris Carpenter.

For more information, contact Lt. Col. Keith LaCaze at 225-765-2469 or