Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission is investigating multiple headless alligators found in a residential area.
Residents of Loxahatchee Groves recently began contacting the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission after stumbling upon a scary sight: multiple headless alligators in a drainage ditch. The gators’ bodies were in various stages of decomposition. The following video contains images that may be uncomfortable for some.
As the video shows, residents found three headless alligators. One of the severed heads was also located in a nearby container.
Questions surrounding who or what could have done this remain unanswered. Alligators will at times attack and eat one another. When doing so, it’s not uncommon for them to hide the bodies, allowing them to begin to decompose and soften before returning to eat them. Some residents think this might have been the case here.
Others are still questioning whether a poacher could be responsible. It is legal to hunt alligator in the Florida area between August 15 and November 1; however, hunters are limited to two permits, and each harvest must be tagged and reported to the FWC. The illegal killing of an alligator outside of this season or without permits is punishable by up to five years in prison and a $5,000 fine.
The FWC is asking for help from the public in this case. Anyone with information is asked to call the FWC Wildlife Alert Hotline, 888-404-FWCC (3922).