Facebook Posting Leads to Poaching Charge
Some people should not be on Facebook! A Tampa man, Kyle Edwards, posted a picture of himself, holding an AK-47 next to a dead deer on his Facebook page. Someone who saw the pictures called Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission to complain. FWC started investigating Edwards.
Edwards had bought his new AK-47 at a gun show, and then went to friend's private property near Bronson to shoot and camp. While there with another friend he shot an alligator on a dirt road. He and the friend cleaned it and ate some of the meat, gave the rest of the meat to other friends and left the carcass on a dump pile near the camp. The next day Edwards shot the deer, took pictures, cleaned the deer, ate some of the meat, gave the rest to friends, and put the carcass on the dump pile.
When questioned, Edwards admitted shooting an alligator and deer out of season. Poaching a deer is a first degree misdemeanor and alligator is second degree misdemeanor. Edwards faces up to a year and 60 days in jail, and a $1500 fine for taking the two animals out of season.
"Unfortunately, poaching is more common than you might expect," said Karen Parker, a spokeswoman for the FWC, who is based in Lake City. "If someone poaches, they are stealing from someone who follows the rules." From Tampa Bay Online.