Alligator carcasses had been found along Pearl River in Mississippi. Following a tip, on August 27th at night, conservation officers were out in the area. They pulled over a suspicious vehicle, the occupants had blood on their clothing, and there was a headless alligator in the back.
Four men were arrested and released on $2,000 bond. Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries and Parks spokesman Jim Walker said, "This is just no way to do the sports, it's tragic and we are going for the maximum when they have their day in court."
One of the men was taken back to Pearl River with conservation officers. Here they saw how the alligator poaching was set up, with hooks and lines in the trees. The suspects were baiting hooks with chickens, holding them about 6-7 inches from the water. The gator would get the hook set. Then the gator's head and tail were cut off and meat was taken from the tail. This form of hunting alligators is illegal in Mississippi. Plus the fact that it is not alligator season yet.
At the home of Christian Collin, they found alligator tail meat, and confiscated 22 rifles, flashlights, and large alligator sets with hooks and buoys. Two have confessed to taking alligators out of season. Alligator season starts September 9th in Mississippi. From WLBT.com .