Five individuals were cited Monday afternoon for the illegal possession and killing of two alligators on the Yazoo Backwater Levee. The alligators killed were 4 feet and 8 feet in length.
Warren County Sheriff Martin Pace and Deputy Johnny Beauchamp assisted with the investigation of the incident, which occurred around 4 p.m.
Capt. Tracy Tullos of the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries and Parks said the cases will be prosecuted in Issaquena County Justice Court.
Tullos reminds the public that the punishment for killing alligators is up to a $5,000 fine on each count and loss of fishing and hunting rights for at least one year. You could also face time in jail.
Mississippi has a brief alligator hunting season that runs this year from Aug. 28 to Sept. 7. Special permits are required and only 960 are granted each year statewide.
Tullos also encourages the public to call 1-800-Be-Smart (237-6278) to report hunting violations.
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