50 years ago American alligators where hunted so much they were reclassified as endangered. Today however more than 1.3 million of the reptiles roam the area meaning the population must be heavily managed. Nine men (aged 22 to 74) have recently been arrested in the biggest sting operation in Florida history to get alleged alligator poachers caught for their crimes. Between the 9 culprits, 44 felony charges have been accused, ranging from the possession and killing of protected wildlife to stealing, falsifying official records and extreme fraud. Many were caught to have been catching alligators illegally and killing protected species including the gators and the rare white ibis. These birds are a protected species and they cannot be hunted. The court case for these criminals is said to begin early next year. This investigation began in June 2013 after information said that alligator eggs were being poached and sold through the states alligator farms. Undercover staff worked inside the some of the farms to crack down on illegal activity and gain Intel on the work that was going on. Although there are annual times where alligators are hunted with permits or for population management, there was a lot of money involved with alligators. This attracted crime including the illegal poaching of the animals and their hide. Alligator eggs are also very valuable are legal farms are often broken into to steal their precious egg supplies. #usoa #u_s_o_a #universalsocietyofanimals #news #usa #florida #animal #animals #animalkingdom #nature #wil#wild #wild #conservation #alligator #america #americanalligator #eggs #alligatorfarm #arrested #justice #sos #reptile #saveourspecies #🐊
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