Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Enforcement Division agents cited two men for alleged alligator violations on the Loggy Bayou Wildlife Management Area (WMA) in Bossier Parish.
Agents cited Jon Alsup, 31, or Coushatta, and William Whitley, 26, of Princeton, for taking an alligator without a license and during a closed season and for not abiding by WMA regulations. Alsup was also cited for an expired boat registration and failing to comply with personal flotation device (PFD) requirements.
While on patrol in Red Chute Bayou in the Loggy Bayou WMA, agents came into contact with the Alsup and Whitley in a boat. Agents found the suspects in possession of a 243-centerfire rifle, a Ruger 22 rifle and a 12-gauge shotgun. Both men stated they were shooting turtles.
Upon further investigation, agents found an 8 foot 3 inch alligator floating nearby with an apparent gunshot wound to its head. When questioned both subjects admitted to shooting the alligator.
Agents involved in the case were Senior Agents John Blalock and Frank Reger.
Taking an alligator without a license brings a $250 to $500 fine, or up to 90 days in jail or both. Taking an alligator during a closed season carries a $400 to $950 fine, or jail time up to 120 days or both. An expired boat registration and failing to comply with PFD requirements brings a $50 fine, or up to 15 days in jail or both for each offense. Not abiding by WMA regulations carries a $100 to $350 fine, or up to 60 days in jail or both.
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