News

Florida man tries to trade ‘gator for beer

Florida man tries to trade ‘gator for beer

TRADE YOU: An alligator a man tried to trade at a convenience store is pictured in this handout photo courtesy of the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, provided to Reuters Dec. 17. Photo: Reuters

MIAMI (Reuters) – A Florida man walked into a convenience store with a live alligator and tried to trade it for a 12-pack of beer, according to wildlife authorities who cited him with illegally capturing the animal.

It was unclear why the man thought the clerk at the Santa Ana Market in Miami would accept the 4-foot (1.2-meter) reptile as payment, Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission spokesman Jorge Pino said on Tuesday.

“I think that anybody who would conceive this scheme is not thinking properly,” Pino said.

The clerk called authorities and would-be customer Fernando Caignet Aguilera was cited on December 10 with possessing, illegally taking and attempting to sell the alligator, which he said he caught at a park.

Each of the three misdemeanor charges caries a penalty of up to six months in jail and a fine up to $500, Pino said.

The alligator was unharmed and was released back into the wild, he said. Alligators are no longer endangered but it is illegal to take them in Florida except during a closely regulated annual hunt.

(Reporting by Jane Sutton; Editing by David Gregorio)

Recent Headlines

2 hours ago in Entertainment

Today in entertainment history: April 29

Fresh
arethafranklin

A look back on some of Hollywood's most memorable moments.

1 hour ago in Sports

2016 NFL Draft: Round 1

Fresh
goff from nfl via twitter

The players selected in the first round of the NFL draft Thursday night in Chicago: 1, Los Angeles Rams (from…

4 hours ago in Sports

Hawks overwhelm Celtics, move to 2nd round with win

milsap from nba dot com via twitter

KYLE HIGHTOWER, AP Sports Writer BOSTON (AP) — Paul Millsap had 17 points and eight rebounds, and the Atlanta Hawks…

7 hours ago in Sports

NCAA scraps ban on satellite camps; recruiting under study

michiganfootball16119523916718

The decision won't end the debate that centered on whether the camps are just another recruiting tool: The board also asked the Division I Council to conduct a broad assessment of the entire college football recruiting model in coming months.

8 hours ago in Sports

The Latest: Jared Goff goes No. 1 to Rams

Updated
goff969936861789

9:15 p.m. The Eagles have no plans to trade disgruntled quarterback Sam Bradford despite drafting North Dakota State’s Carson Wentz…

Bellingham Traffic