Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries enforcement agents cited two men for alleged alligator violations on Aug. 19 in St. Martin Parish.
Agents cited Jeremy E. Kibble, 26, of Lafayette, and Daniel D. Norton, 31, of New Iberia, for taking an alligator without a license, taking an alligator during a closed season and intentional concealment of wildlife, according to agents.
Two trucks parked off of Henderson Levee Road were observed by agents on patrol near Catahoula with Kibble and Norton nearby. When agents approached the men they saw Kibble go to the woods to allegedly discard something. Agents went to the woods and found a freshly cleaned alligator, according to a press release from the Department of Wildlife and Fisheries.
During questioning, Norton admitted to shooting the alligator after Kibble caught the alligator. Both men were cleaning the alligator as agents arrived on the scene, stated in the release.
Intentional concealment of wildlife carries a $900 to $950 fine and up to 120 days in jail. Taking an alligator during a closed season brings a $400 to $950 fine and up to 120 days in jail. Taking an alligator without a license carries a $250 to $500 fine and up to 90 days in jail.