Evans alligator killed, dismembered by poachers

Monday, Aug 24, 2009 11:37 AM
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A 9-foot alligator that lived in a pond in Evans was killed and dismembered by poachers over the weekend, according to the owner of the property.

“They came out here and cut his whole head off, and also his two front legs and his tail,” said Donnie Brown, the owner of Brown Feed & Seed off Washington Road.

The alligator, estimated to weigh more than 200 pounds, lived in a swampy pond on property behind his store.

Mr. Brown said it is likely the thieves brought a chainsaw or reciprocating saw with them, indicating the incident was premeditated.

“We think it happened late Saturday night,” he said.

The remaining portion of the gator carcass was found by workers this morning.

Mr. Brown said he will report the crime to the Georgia Department of Natural Resources.

Although Georgia has a season for alligator hunting, the season is not currently open – and Columbia County is not in a part of the state where a season even exists, said Law Enforcement Sgt. Doyte Chaffin of the Georgia Wildlife Resources Division.

“While there is a season in certain counties, Columbia County doesn’t have a population that is viable to hunt,” he said, adding that the offenders could face a series of charges including trespassing, hunting in a closed season and possession of illegally taken wildlife.

Mr. Brown said it is likely the poachers planned to skin the tail for the meat and perhaps save the head for mounting.

“I knew we had a few people who were on me about the gator, and didn’t want it back there, but I didn’t think nobody would do something like this,” Mr. Brown said.

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xpresso1
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xpresso1 08/24/09 - 10:43 am
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Thats crazy. I mean I could

Thats crazy. I mean I could understand people wanting it removed but come on.... those people need to see somebody..apparently they have issues.

imdstuf
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imdstuf 08/24/09 - 10:57 am
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I hate the Florida Gators

I hate the Florida Gators too, but this is going too far haha!

Edward1968
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Edward1968 08/24/09 - 11:02 am
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I'd love to have some fried

I'd love to have some fried gator tail.

GOSHEN77
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GOSHEN77 08/24/09 - 11:03 am
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Better that the humans got

Better that the humans got the gator first. It weighed 200 lbs? Are you kidding me? It's a man-eater.

storiesihaveread
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storiesihaveread 08/24/09 - 11:18 am
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To bad the gator did not get

To bad the gator did not get his in see the link, would have been able to find the person(s) then

http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2007/12/photogalleries/topphotos...

andrew412
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andrew412 08/24/09 - 11:19 am
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its not a man-eater unless

its not a man-eater unless some stupid man goes swimming in a swampy pond! what freaks would do this...

marandan
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marandan 08/24/09 - 11:28 am
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If the store owner knew it

If the store owner knew it was there, then He could be charged with endangering the public, and haboring an animal not meant for domestic residence. Was the pond fenced off with warning signs? If not, then the owner was placing the general public at risk. If I were him, I would keep my mouth shut, and hope it goes away, before those crazy lawyers smell blood in the water and come after some of that money. Sounds crazy doesnt it? But this is just another reason why, we as a nation need tort reform, because it liables too many(BUT NOT ALL) for STUPID reasons, for nothing more than making a quick buck.

REDRIDER
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REDRIDER 08/24/09 - 11:34 am
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North Augusta Ponds Have had

North Augusta Ponds Have had gators that big for years. No one hurt or died from them.

juliebac
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juliebac 08/24/09 - 11:34 am
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Sad.

Sad.

emergencyfan
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emergencyfan 08/24/09 - 11:37 am
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Try reading the article

Try reading the article again, Marandan. It wasn't the store owner's gater, it just happened to live on property he owned. He's no more liable than you would be if you owned property where a wolf lived on which someone TRESPASSED and was attacked. And by the way, no one here was attacked but the alligator and with disgusting savageness to boot. Scary people did this! (I hear serial killers start out that way, killing and dismembering animals for fun.)

augsaltwater
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augsaltwater 08/24/09 - 11:47 am
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If yall miss the gator that

If yall miss the gator that bad why not just go get another one, there are thousands of them all over the place. Nuisance. As far as "serial killers" go, you obvioulsy have never seen a deer cleaned before. Just this past Saturday I used a crabs own claw to pop his shell off while he was a live. Does this mean I am destined to be a serial killer also emergenC?

marandan
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marandan 08/24/09 - 11:50 am
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I was merely pointing out

I was merely pointing out what could happen in this sue happy society where it is easier to sue anyone, than it is to kill and dismember a gator. Does it matter if the owner of the business claimed ownership? NO, not to an unscrupulous lawyer. It stated he knew one was there, and therefore, he would assume responsibility, for anything trajic thing the gator could have, or may have done. Maybe not directly, but his general property insurance would probably be liable. I am NOT against this business owner, I am merely pointing out the real need for TORT reform(or frivolous lawsuits) in our country. Common sense, should come into play, more often than not, and lawyers should not bring lawsuits over stupid issues. If the owner claims he knew ,people knew the gator was there, then he would be liable, because he didnt contact DNR or animal control to remove it. Who knows how many cute little dogs walked down to get a drink from the pond, only to become an appetizer. Anyone close to that area missing a dog or cat?

TakeAstand
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TakeAstand 08/24/09 - 11:53 am
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I hope they find these

I hope they find these [filtered word]!! What scum.

TakeAstand
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TakeAstand 08/24/09 - 11:53 am
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imdstuff, Chomp Chomp....

imdstuff, Chomp Chomp.... Gooooo Tebow!!! haha (wink)

1trugent
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1trugent 08/24/09 - 11:54 am
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The poachers should be shot

The poachers should be shot for trespassing.

not a sheep
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not a sheep 08/24/09 - 12:05 pm
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Who is Evan, and why did he

Who is Evan, and why did he have an alligator?

marandan
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marandan 08/24/09 - 12:09 pm
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What if some little kid, was

What if some little kid, was walking through the area, and the gator grabbed him. Would the general public and most lawyers not be screaming to punish the landowner? HMMMMM? You animal lovers place more value in one non-domestic animal, than you do your fellow human beings. What if the people who killed this Gator, was some hungry homeless people who live in the woods? But they left the carcass, before they could prepare it, for fear of being caught. There are many possible scenarios, to answer what really happened, but to only feel rage towards how the gator met his demise, try to think of all the possibilities of how that gator ,made other animals meet their demise.

Just tired
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Just tired 08/24/09 - 12:09 pm
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Turn the poachers over the

Turn the poachers over the alligator’s family as punishment. But now that I think about it, not a good idea either: Why feed trash to a poor alligator?

TakeAstand
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TakeAstand 08/24/09 - 12:13 pm
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Marandan, there is not more

Marandan, there is not more value placed on an animals life than a human but there are legal humane ways to get the gator removed. These [filtered word]'s didn't have to do this. And what about the child who may have seen this carcass and has nightmares about it? Reguardless, what they did was just wrong, it wasn't in self defense or doing a community service I'm pretty sure of that!!!! The head is a trophy!

marandan
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marandan 08/24/09 - 12:15 pm
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JT, UUUUUUHHHHHHH, I

JT, UUUUUUHHHHHHH, I think the Gator is DEAD, or as the OBAMANITES would say, animation impaired, but they would still try to keep him on Medicaid if they could.

haganr
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haganr 08/24/09 - 12:19 pm
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good riddance. Liability,

good riddance. Liability, even if it wasn't a pet, if residents complained, shame on GA fish and game for not removing it before the locals got a hold of it. It's kinda like illegal immigration, if the US GOVT isn't going to do anything about it, I guess it's up to the locals to take care of business, and they did

zippy
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zippy 08/24/09 - 12:20 pm
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marandan?? What is up with

marandan?? What is up with Tort Reform? This country no more needs tort reform based on this incident that we need health care reform because fat people have too many medical issues that they cant afford to treat. People who think like you are the problem. They always want to radically change a system that has worked very well for over 200 years based on a personal bias rather that looking at how the result will end up. As a civil legal system, we already have all the protection we need...its called a jury trial. If your case is so bad you cannot convince a jury that you should prevail, then it is likley you should lose. As a matter of fact, the risk of losing at a jury trial actually causes many cases to resolve and not be tried at all. I bet you have probably been sued and lost and that is why you even bring it up. Get a life.

marandan
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marandan 08/24/09 - 12:23 pm
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What if it wasnt the

What if it wasnt the landowners, and the assasins had eaten the Gator, then would it not be wrong? Gator head stew is delicious. If you ever go to Fla. you can try it at many restaurants down there. Maybe all they needed was the head and they left the rest for someone else to eat. They were actually sharing their spoils with others. Cant you see the good in this story? Dont be such a pessimist.

Fish Out of Water
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Fish Out of Water 08/24/09 - 12:25 pm
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I was wondering who would be

I was wondering who would be the first loon to tie this to the health care debate. Bravo!

dashiel
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dashiel 08/24/09 - 12:25 pm
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Most Brown regulars knew that

Most Brown regulars knew that alligator was in the pond. He minded his own business and was part of the character-filled ambience and fun that are so much a part of a visit to this beloved feed & seed store. Whoever did this dastardly deed is a cowardly throwback. I'd love to take him on a trip through the Okefenokee and let him meet God.

marandan
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marandan 08/24/09 - 12:36 pm
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oooohhhh Zippy, you sound

oooohhhh Zippy, you sound like one of those sandal wearing misguided fools that voted for OBA and the socialistic country he is trying to change us to. I was pointing out that the landowner could be sued by some idiot animal lover for endangering the animal, or another idiot for endangering the public. I am totally against frivilous lawsuits, which I believe are no more than a drain on all businesses, and true freedoms of our great country. You state that most times it is settled before going to trial. That is true, most times because coorporations just want the flies-(Ambulance CHASERS) to get away from their BUTT. Trial by jury is not justice, when the jury of your peers, is comprised for the most part of LITTLE thinking people who regard big business as evildoers who have more, and should pay to those who don't.

Don KING
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Don KING 08/24/09 - 12:40 pm
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I think the gator got too hot

I think the gator got too hot from global warming and died of natural causes. And rather than let good meat go to waste, Bubba simply claimed the edible portion to help stock his freezer. As for the biting end...well bubbas just trying to get A HEAD!!!!

sjgraci
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sjgraci 08/24/09 - 12:41 pm
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Who could do such a heinous

Who could do such a heinous thing? Read some of these heinous comments for the answer.

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Dan White 08/24/09 - 12:42 pm
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Must have been true GA

Must have been true GA Bulldogs to kill that Gator that found its way up here from Florida.

SteveCagle
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SteveCagle 08/24/09 - 12:44 pm
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What a cowardly thing to do.

What a cowardly thing to do. The gator had no history of bothering anyone. The person will never admit he did it, its nothing to brag about and just shows the kind of character they possess.

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