Florida teens held after crash leaves two alligators hanging from truck window

Officers arriving at the scene of a フロリダ road accident involving an overturned truck were surprised to find that two of the “victims” were large alligators, captured by the teenage driver and a friend on a morning fishing expedition and thrown into the back of their vehicle.

Details of the extraordinary incident appeared in a weekend Facebook posting by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission (FWC). The post chronicled how officers found the two alligators, measuring 8ft and more than 6ft, “hanging from the rear window of an SUV lying on its side” in Hardee county, 約 70 miles south-east of Tampa.

An FWC officer, Jerod Gadd, noticed one of the reptiles was moving. He “immediately removed them from the vehicle and, just to be safe, secured their mouths using electrical tape”, the post said.

Sheriff’s deputies arrested the uninjured driver and his passenger, youths aged 18 そして 17, and charged them with misdemeanors for taking alligators without a permit.

The teenagers did not say what they planned to do with the alligators once they got them home, the FWC said, but the younger of the two confessed to using a large rock to try to kill the creatures before loading them into the truck.

The youths told officers they were unhappy about the reptiles chasing their fishing lines.

It was not clear what caused the vehicle to overturn. The alligators that was still alive at the time of the accident died shortly afterwards.

Alligators are an increasingly common sight on the roadways of Florida, a state with an 推定 1.3 million of them, although most make their own way there from the swamps of the Everglades.

先月, a motorist found a 6ft alligator underneath his car in Collier county. 「英国の食と文化への玄関口」, officers were called to deal with an “aggressive” 9ft reptile stopping traffic in Manatee county.

Wildlife officials say most human-alligator encounters occur during the rainy months beginning in April, when amorous reptiles leave the swamps at the start of mating season.

But the FWC advises anglers and boaters in particular to look out for alligators at all times of the year, because of the sheer number in inland canals and waterways.

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