Any suggestions would help!
Came home from work on Sun. about 11 p.m., let 3 or 4 dogs out (weight range 16lbs-6lbs, we are on 5 acres). Can't light up entire yard, have light approx. 2 acres before pitch black. Heard determined barking and armed with a hoe (yes, I seem to think I can kick anyones butt - stupid me but I throw a mean punch for a girl!), just thought it was maybe a racoon or even another dog (lot of strays wonder in).
Hit the dark part of yard, was met by gator, ran like you know what, dogs outrunning me and ended up hurting myself. Harped on hubby (o.k, nagged to no end) to kill the thing before it killed my dogs. Insisted it was 12 ft but when he saw it, he states " It's only about 4 or 5 ft babe." Found it in our pond, he killed it. It was over 7 1/2 long. We just gave it away to some guys we didn't even know.
Had know idea that protecing people, domestic animals and property was illigal. TPWD showed at door, I told him what happened, showed around all the while barely able to walk due to injury (passed out on a fellow manager at work the next day about 3 hours into shift - got sent home, went to docs next day, told to stay home).
No license until Officer told hubby to get one on way home from work, said he would work with us, showed later in day, gave ticket for hunting without license and told to show at court in one week for the civil portion of citation. Also told if he couldn't find the folks that we gave it to it would be a lot worse on us. This after assuring me that he appreciated my cooperation and telling the truth.
Sorry long-winded but thought someone might have ideas. My bad thinking people tell the truth (my daddy always told me lies just get you in trouble and when you don't even know you did something wrong, why would you?!)