Lawyer Who Got Record Gator Now in Deep Water
Levi McCathern received a lot of publicity for the record alligator he shot on a guided Texas hunt in June. He was on his first gator hunt with his son and guides, and had shot the alligator, but left before the animal was retrieved from the water. Now Levi and his guides are facing charges for illegally taking this alligator.
Arrest warrants were issued Wednesday for McCathern and his three guides for killing the alligator on private property without the landowner's consent, which is a Class A misdemeanor in Texas. The four men were expected to turn themselves in, but McCathern is out of town on a family vacation according to his attorney. A Class A misdemeanor is punishable by a fine of up to $4,000, a one-year jail sentence or both. The department will also seek more than $5,000 in restitution for the two alligators, the release said. Both of the alligators have been seized. It should be noted that the reported length of the supposed record gator was exagerated, it was not the record 14' feet long as reported, it measured 13 feet, 1 inch and was no record.
Game wardens in Leon and Houston counties started investigating after a landowner claimed that a large alligator and a smaller one were killed on his property with out his permission, along the Trinity River. The smaller alligator was one that McCathern's son had hunted the day before. One of the guides, Steve Barclay, in a brief telephone interview insists the he did indeed have the landowner's permission. From The Star-Telegram.