Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Reward Offered in Illegal Alligator Killing in Georgia

The Humane Society of the United States and The Humane Society Wildlife Land Trust are offering a reward of as much as $2,500 for information leading to the identification, arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible for the illegal killing of an alligator.

The Case: According to published media reports, on Apr. 10, the body of a mutilated alligator was discovered in the Flint River. The alligator’s tail had been cut off.

“The person or persons responsible for mutilating this alligator deserve to be brought to justice and we implore anyone with information to come forward,” said Jessica DuBois, Georgia state director for The HSUS. “The Humane Society of the United States commends the Georgia Department of Natural Resources for their efforts to find those responsible for this serious crime.”

Alligators can be legally hunted in Georgia, but the season was closed at the time the alligator was killed.


Wildlife officials estimate that for every wild animal killed legally — tens of millions of animals per year — another is killed illegally.
Every year, thousands of poachers are arrested nationwide; however, it is estimated that only 1 to 5 percent of poached animals are discovered by law enforcement.
Poachers injure or kill wildlife anytime, anywhere and sometimes do so in particularly cruel ways. Wildlife officials report that poachers often commit other crimes as well.

The HSUS and HSWLT work with state and federal wildlife agencies nationwide to offer rewards of $2,500 for information leading to arrest and conviction of suspected poachers.

The Investigators: Anyone with information about this case is asked to call 1-800-241-4113 or the Georgia DNR Office in Albany at 229-430-4252.


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