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Gator Pulled From Kansas Lake Had Been Shot

Associated Press - August 7, 2013 6:32 pm

Authorities in northeast Kansas say a small alligator spotted in a lake was shot and wounded in the snout before it could be rescued.

Fishermen spotted the 3-foot-long alligator on Saturday in Atchison County Lake. Sheriff’s deputies monitored the animal until the Atchison County Humane Society helped catch it Monday using a dog kennel and other tools.

KMBC-TV reports that investigators learned of the shooting while arranging to transfer the alligator to a sanctuary near Lee’s Summit, Mo.

Experts at the Monkey Island sanctuary say the bullet traveled between the gator’s eyes through its body. They expect it to recover.

The Atchison County sheriff says a 53-year-old Horton man has been cited as the shooter. Deputies are still looking for whoever dumped the alligator in the lake.

Information from: KMBC-TV, http://www.kmbc.com

april e.

August 7, 2013 at 8:04 pm

He should be ticketed, it aint gator season!

B Koz

August 9, 2013 at 6:50 am

I’d have shot the critter too….who wouldn’t !? Ridiculous to cite a person for that trying to kill a gator…..I don’t care what season it is April. How’d you like it if it was left alone only to grow up and hurt or kill some innocent kid? You’d probably complain about that too wouldn’t ya!?

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