- Associated Press - Sunday, November 2, 2014

LOXAHATCHEE, Fla. (AP) - Separate findings of mutilated alligators have some Palm Beach County residents puzzled.

A Loxahatchee man spotted a gator carcass last week in a canal near his home. It had no head, tail or front legs.

The Palm Beach Post reports (https://bit.ly/1wOMgI6 ) that a second alligator was found in West Palm Beach with its head and tail chopped off.

Some suspect the gators may have been dumped by poachers.

The sightings came months after the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service approved alligator hunting for the first time at the Arthur R. Marshall Loxahatchee National Wildlife Refuge. That decision was met with protests from some animal-rights advocates.


Information from: The Palm Beach (Fla.) Post, https://www.pbpost.com



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