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LDWF agents cite two men for illegal possession of an alligator in St. Mary Parish

Posted: 5:43 AM, Aug 17, 2018
Updated: 2018-08-17 06:43:05-04

Agents with the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries cited two men for allegedly being in possession an alligator during a closed season.

59-year-old Barry Pedigo of Pensacola, Florida and 28-year-old Logan Madere of Westwego were cited on August 15 in St. Mary Parish.

Agents say that Pedigo captured the 4 foot 8-inch alligator by hand at Burns Point Park in St. Mary. In the process of capturing the animal, agents say Pedigo was bitten several times. The alligator was then allegedly killed by Madere.

Pedigo was taken to Lafayette General Hospital and was treated for moderate injuries, according to agents.

LDWF says that harvesting an alligator during a closed season can bring a $400 to $950 fine and up to 120 days in jail. Both Pedigo and Madere could face restitution totaling $375.80 for replacement of the alligator.