News

Florida man tries to trade ‘gator for beer

Florida man tries to trade ‘gator for beer

TRADE YOU: An alligator a man tried to trade at a convenience store is pictured in this handout photo courtesy of the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, provided to Reuters Dec. 17. Photo: Reuters

MIAMI (Reuters) – A Florida man walked into a convenience store with a live alligator and tried to trade it for a 12-pack of beer, according to wildlife authorities who cited him with illegally capturing the animal.

It was unclear why the man thought the clerk at the Santa Ana Market in Miami would accept the 4-foot (1.2-meter) reptile as payment, Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission spokesman Jorge Pino said on Tuesday.

“I think that anybody who would conceive this scheme is not thinking properly,” Pino said.

The clerk called authorities and would-be customer Fernando Caignet Aguilera was cited on December 10 with possessing, illegally taking and attempting to sell the alligator, which he said he caught at a park.

Each of the three misdemeanor charges caries a penalty of up to six months in jail and a fine up to $500, Pino said.

The alligator was unharmed and was released back into the wild, he said. Alligators are no longer endangered but it is illegal to take them in Florida except during a closely regulated annual hunt.

(Reporting by Jane Sutton; Editing by David Gregorio)

Local Headlines

in Local

Ia Veteran Missing Photo

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

Efforts to track down a photo of an Iowan killed in the Vietnam War have turned up an image...

in Local

Prom Safety

prom

Annual high school proms are happening, and a reminder to students to make their's a safe event...

in Local

McCarty Named SBDC State Star

mccartystar

Kelly McCarty of Spencer has earned the 2015 Iowa "State Star" from the national Small Business Development Center...

in Local

Polaris Acquires Timbersled Products

polaris-logo

Timbersled is an innovator and market leader in the burgeoning snow bike industry...

in Local

SCT Presents: Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat

dreamcoat

It has been 20 years since the last time this show was performed on the SCT stage...