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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marien
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marien 08/24/09 - 01:50 pm
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Here we go

Here we go again............Now the gator is apart of President Obama's health care package.

Edward1968
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Edward1968 08/24/09 - 01:53 pm
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I agree with Marandan's 12:28

I agree with Marandan's 12:28 post. Our litigious society with their loop hole-wielding lawyers can win cases that common sense would dictate otherwise.

marandan
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marandan 08/24/09 - 01:54 pm
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Sigraci, what do you people

Sigraci, what do you people think that critter ate? Did the owner feed him? Or did he instinctively eat whatever he could catch? SteveC stated the gator had no history of bothering anyone, but the potential was there, that he could have or may have eaten many things that would anger the upright DOMINANT animal of earth. We dont know for sure what the gator actually did. We should gut him just to be sure, he hasnt committed the unthinkable.

marandan
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marandan 08/24/09 - 02:05 pm
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What if we gutted him, and

What if we gutted him, and inside found the remains of a missing kid? What a tradjedy that would be, but would you still hold the gator in such high regard? Would you animal lovers say "it the kids parents fault for not watching him?" And if that wasn't your attack, would you then attack the business owner for neglect to the public? Some times BAD things happen. It does NOT always need to be LITIGATED. When I was a kid, a young boy(5yrs old), went swimming in the neighbors pool. Unfortunately, he drowned. His parents, realized that it was his own fault, and they did not have ill feelings towards the poolowner, because it was not his fault. Back then, everyone used common sense, but nowadays, it seems most are quick to sue. Our morals, and personal accountability is gone by the wayside, if a lawyer can convince you of the potential a quick dollar.

Rob Pavey
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Rob Pavey 08/24/09 - 02:07 pm
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guess we oughta just

guess we oughta just exterminate every form of wildlife capable of biting someone - due to 'potential' they might hurt somebody. geez...I feel sorry for any gators living near this guy.

SteveCagle
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SteveCagle 08/24/09 - 02:09 pm
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Keep your kids off other

Keep your kids off other peoples property and there won't be a risk of your kids being harmed. Common sense should be used. Yeah, the gator COULD have killed anything that got near it. But EVERYONE knew the thing was in there and stayed away until these butt maggots beheaded it.

TakeAstand
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TakeAstand 08/24/09 - 02:09 pm
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Who reported me calling them

Who reported me calling them a [filtered word] and scum? What is the criminals who did it your family member or YOU? There was nothing in my post that warranted removal. I hope they catch him/you reguardless, you deserve some jailtime!

emergencyfan
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emergencyfan 08/24/09 - 02:12 pm
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"What if a kid was swimming

"What if a kid was swimming in the pond..." Let's see, can I top that? "What if if a 98-year-old blind guy with one leg and legionnaire's disease was walking along through the woods, backwards, and accidently tripped over the fence, rolled down the hill, got up, slipped in the mud, fell into the pond, and landed right into the alligator's mouth. Kill the alligator before anyone else is slaughtered by it's rampage!!! (Okay, I had my fun with a Marandan-style scenario, who's next? :-)

Fiat_Lux
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Fiat_Lux 08/24/09 - 02:15 pm
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Dash, I think you need to

Dash, I think you need to believe in God before you're in a position to introduce someone to him. Alligators are dangerous nuisances, even if they generally mind their own business. They can run faster than children and they kill pets. Having one in your neighborhood is like having a bear hanging around. They are eating machines with interesting, useful skin and next to nothing in brain power. They don't have any self-awareness and they don't miss their lives when dead.

Rose
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Rose 08/24/09 - 02:17 pm
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Could be the same idiots who

Could be the same idiots who killed that cow. The cow was still alive when they began skinning it. Bunch of low life idiots.

marandan
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marandan 08/24/09 - 02:19 pm
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Steve, I agree, everyone

Steve, I agree, everyone should stay off others property, but not everyone knew the gator was there. Animals didnt know it was there. A passerby, or hitchhiker may not have known it was there. Some wild skinnydippin teens may not have known it was there. Were there signs posted and was it fenced off? We dont know why it was killed? And we dont know why it was there. How did it get there? HMMMMMM? Is there Liability in this story? I say NO, it is unfortunate for the Gator, but all should drop the issue ASAP, or Mr. Brown is going to have one of those frivolous cases brought against him. Sometimes bad things happen, end of story.

uptheseventhplanet
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uptheseventhplanet 08/24/09 - 02:20 pm
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takeastand @ 1:13 In response

takeastand @ 1:13 In response to your concern about little kids seeing the alligator carcass and having nightmares--I grew up in a home where we butchered hogs to have food. There are families who still do so today. I never had nightmares about seeing carcasses and the sounds of children screaming because of having nightmares about seeing animal carcasses don't keep me awake today. This could mean children are tougher than you think. It could also mean if they are not tougher than you think they should be.

grinder48
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grinder48 08/24/09 - 02:30 pm
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right on bilky1984. So the
Unpublished

right on bilky1984. So the dead alligator belonged to Evan? It's sad that newpapers were once looked upon as learning tools for correct grammer and spelling but the AC makes so many blunders with grammer and spelling it's ridiculous.

olafjohnson
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olafjohnson 08/24/09 - 02:32 pm
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Man, that fried alligator

Man, that fried alligator tail sure was good!

TakeAstand
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TakeAstand 08/24/09 - 02:35 pm
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uptheseventhplanet. Just

uptheseventhplanet. Just because you grew up that way does not mean it is right for all children of all ages. People who are in war see dead bodies all the time, cops see mutilated bodies and it may not bother them, doesn't mean others who see a massacred dead body for the first time won't be affected by it. And my post was just in response to the what if's that were given to justify what was done to this gator.

olafjohnson
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olafjohnson 08/24/09 - 02:39 pm
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So Rose, you were in

So Rose, you were in attendance when they butchered the cow?

olafjohnson
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olafjohnson 08/24/09 - 02:46 pm
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Or better, were you the cow

Or better, were you the cow in attendance?

change display name
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change display name 08/24/09 - 02:55 pm
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No--but she sure did hear

No--but she sure did hear about it. Pam Tucker--I mean Rose--is always trying to bring that back up.

dashiel
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dashiel 08/24/09 - 02:59 pm
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Fiat, if your life bores you,

Fiat, if your life bores you, risk it. I know and respect alligators, but I cannot say the same for wusses. How the ef do you know an alligator's views on death?! I live near a state park where alligators abound. Though they have had many opportunities to feast on yankees, they seem to prefer their yapping dogs instead, preferably with leather leashes (though they'll scarf down chain leashes too in a pinch). Enjoy the great indoors and nature programs on cable if you like but don't jack with bwana. Lecture the other safe and dozing shut-ins.

Fish Out of Water
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Fish Out of Water 08/24/09 - 02:59 pm
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The Gators will get their

The Gators will get their revenge October 31 in Jacksonville.

convertedsoutherner
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convertedsoutherner 08/24/09 - 03:03 pm
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The main thing is that these

The main thing is that these murderers went onto the private property of an individual and destroyed something that was on that private property. That is like someone coming onto my private property and killing a deer. They have absolutely no right; no matter what the situation.

olafjohnson
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olafjohnson 08/24/09 - 03:08 pm
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Wonder why the 1446 was

Wonder why the 1446 was removed? "or better, were you the cow in attendance?" a quote. Does anyone see a violation?

timereader
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timereader 08/24/09 - 03:09 pm
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i really hope they find out

i really hope they find out who did this. the gator was not hurting anybody. i hope when they are caught they go to jail for a long long time! animal killer!!!!!!!!!

Wes
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Wes 08/24/09 - 03:18 pm
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It must have been quiet a

It must have been quiet a thrill to hunt down an alligator in a pond of that size! If the media outlets had left this alligator alone, no one would have known it was there. Just months ago they were all running stories on it. I hope Mr. Brown puts 5 more in there. Anyone that gets hurt has no business there in the first place it is private property.

olafjohnson
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olafjohnson 08/24/09 - 03:33 pm
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Wes, you ever wrestle a 9 ft

Wes, you ever wrestle a 9 ft Gator--that fried gator tail was some tasty. Go try some yourself at Ts.

double_standard
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double_standard 08/24/09 - 03:35 pm
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Where's PETA that gator was a

Where's PETA that gator was a pet.

Wes
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Wes 08/24/09 - 03:42 pm
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olaf, i highly doubt a coward

olaf, i highly doubt a coward that would kill a 9ft gator in a backyard pond would wrestle the gator, more likely a rifle with a scope while he was laying on the bank. So how did you do it?

saltine
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saltine 08/24/09 - 03:42 pm
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We(good-old boys) have known

We(good-old boys) have known about the gator for years,because we have grown up in the area.There was even one to have been known to have been in the pond ,when the Hardy's owned the area.Must be a "transit" or re-plant. No one from this area ,that has grown up here would ever think of such a thing.

Fiat_Lux
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Fiat_Lux 08/24/09 - 03:44 pm
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Touchy, touchy, Dash. Apart

Touchy, touchy, Dash. Apart from your response not making a lot of sense, which part of what I said would you care to engage in disputing, which part got your goat so bad? And "Don't jack with bwana"? WTef does that mean? I grew up in Savannah, at the edge of the marsh, and I know about gators and dogs. Even lost a few pets that way. I suspect I know at least as much as you do about gators and how to respect them. Children don't know about that though, and it's important to kill any gators that are close enough to "get ideas", since you want to ascribe "thought" to them. Still, about introducing anyone to God in the Okeefenokee over the loss of an alligator seems a tad over the top, even unbalanced. It's not like they were doing the Michael Vick with way more intellegent dogs.

coolette
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coolette 08/24/09 - 03:46 pm
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That property doesn't back up

That property doesn't back up to any homes. That gator was not hurting anyone. I hope they find the people responsible. I also think it is against the law to trespass on private property.

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