FWC officer responds to SUV crash in Hardee County, finds alligators hanging from rear view window

Florida

(Courtesy: Florida Fish and Wildlife
Conservation Commission)

TAMPA,, Fla. (WFLA) — The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission arrested two people after finding a pair of dead alligators in a wrecked SUV this week.

The FWC posted their case of the week Friday morning, describing a surprising call an FWC officer got to help with a wreck involving two people and two gators in Hardee County.

The 6 ½-foot and 8-foot-long alligators were seen hanging out of the rear view window of the overturned SUV. As a precaution, the officer removed the gators from the vehicle and put tape on their mouths, according to the FWC.

After interviewing the crash victims, the officer learned that the pair killed the alligators while fishing and put their bodies in the SUV. Both people were charged in the gators’ deaths.

8 On Your Side has reached out to FWC for more information regarding the suspects’ identities and where the incident occurred and is waiting for a response.

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