June 14, 2012 |
A Florida tour boat captain suspected of illegally feeding alligators may already have suffered the ultimate punishment: An alligator bit off his hand. Animal rights activists on Thursday denounced the decision to kill the alligator in a bid to recover the man's hand. They said the captain, who is now under investigation for feeding the animals, is to blame for teaching the fearsome creature that people = food. Wallace Weatherholt, 63, who works for Captain Doug's Everglades Tours, was taking six tourists out on the water Tuesday when he paused to give them a thrill -- and a photo op, according to WBBH of Fort Myers, Fla. He began slapping the water to attract alligators, using marshmallows as bait.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 3, 1995
"Travels With Big Al" (Aug. 27): That's what your headline said, and of course I expected an amusing story to go with it. There was nothing amusing in the story about the 1,100-pound alligator appearing in a tank under a trailer that travels from carnival to carnival. People pay 50 cents to look at him. And what do they see? A creature spending its life imprisoned in solitary confinement for no crime other than being an alligator. What do children learn when they see this?
May 29, 2010 |
Florida investigators used DNA analysis of alligator blood to arrest a Pompano Beach man on charges of alligator poaching. Mark M. Montgomery Jr., 22, was charged Thursday with illegally killing an American alligator, a felony. Alligator poaching is an old, if not particularly proud, South Florida tradition, but the use of high-tech forensics to catch the poachers is not. The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission began investigating in October after receiving a complaint from a man who said he saw another man kill an alligator in what appeared to be a flagrantly illegal manner.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 9, 2011 |
State narcotics agents raiding a Hemet pot house made a surprising find amid dozens of plants and seedlings: a 50-pound alligator. The 4-foot-long gator lived inside the home, and the owner had set up a concrete tub with water so the reptile could get wet. "He wasn't aggressive at all.... This guy was just very, very mellow," said Joel Almquist, who was summoned by authorities Monday night to take the alligator to his San Bernardino County animal sanctuary. He said he had to "kind of push the plants to the side" to reach the gator and tape its mouth closed.
May 17, 1989 |
A 10-foot alligator resisted the efforts of an impatient driver to move it off the road, taking bites out of a front tire and bumper of the man's 1988 Pontiac Grand Am. Johnny Collins, 18, was driving on Highway 146 over the weekend when he spotted the alligator. He stopped about four feet from the animal and began blowing his car horn. But, instead of crawling away, the alligator bit down on Collins' front tire until it exploded and then bit a chunk out of his plastic bumper, officials said.
April 12, 2004 |
A 4-year-old alligator named Mr. Cranky Pants was stolen from a reptile park north of Sydney, but officials at the zoo said the thieves may have underestimated his moodiness and let him go. The animal later was recovered in a nearby creek. Officials at the Australian Reptile Park in Somersby said the thieves scaled two barbed-wire fences and climbed into an alligator pit before stealing the 4-foot beast, according to Australian Broadcasting Corp. radio. It was the third alligator stolen from the park in two years.