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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marandan
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marandan 08/24/09 - 11:44 pm
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PU239,All for fun, no harm

PU239,All for fun, no harm done, you will see the light when the Dawgs have won. Them Gators will lose, in their own little swamp. When they lose their tails by the BULLDAWGS chomp. Take care friend, you are quite witty, and I truly enjoyed the volley of words of wit.

Nammy3
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Nammy3 08/24/09 - 11:48 pm
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lol (':

lol (':

helpicantfindthespacebar
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helpicantfindthespacebar 08/25/09 - 01:43 am
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marandan your assumption that

marandan your assumption that countless domestic pets in Evans met their 'demise' from the jaws of this gator is almost as ridiculous as suggesting it be cut open to search for missing children. Watching a little too much CSI lately?

speaktruth
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speaktruth 08/25/09 - 08:30 am
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You know... some of you will

You know... some of you will find every excuse to justify hateful actions. Do I agree with an alligator at the store? No! Does that make it okay for me to sneak on someone's property and chop his head and feet off? Hell no! That is just sick!

IsAnyoneAlwaysRight
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IsAnyoneAlwaysRight 08/25/09 - 08:35 am
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Need to send the Poachers to

Need to send the Poachers to Washington...

marandan
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marandan 08/25/09 - 08:57 am
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Dude, I didnt say countless

Dude, I didnt say countless animals were devoured with a chomp chomp gulp. I merely said who knows what that gator has eaten, unless of course the owner, and others who stated they knew it was there, were in fact feeding it. That gator had the potential to be dangerous, and it is a predator, with many more teeth and NO conception of right and wrong. It will eat if the situation arises. As for cutting it open, I think that would be appropriate to see exactly what its diet has been. That was a very dangerous animal and it should not have been there. That is why there are laws against keeping wild animals, without it being in a controlled and regulated environment....ie...The ZOO.
who knows what could be inside that critter, but it is not a stretch to think it may have took down a dog or cat, and could very well have taken down a small child. Look how big it was. Not too much CSI, in fact, NONE. The death of a gator is NOT the loss of a human, which should give us a feeling of relief. PEOPLE ARE MORE IMPORTANT!!!!!!!!

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grapenut 08/25/09 - 09:58 am
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I didn’t think nobody would

I didn’t think nobody would do something like this,” Mr. Brown said.
Then you must've thought "somebody" would do something...

PAW
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PAW 08/25/09 - 11:03 am
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To the person that killed the

To the person that killed the alligator in Evans, I hope they put you in JAIL like they did Michael Vick and take away your 130 million dollars. AND make you do PETA commercials

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concernmom 08/25/09 - 11:18 am
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What kind of sick people are

What kind of sick people are in this county? That is totally psychopathic behavior! There are other ways to remove an alligator, like for starters calling Animal Control in Columbia County, or calling the The Sate of Georgia Natural Resources Division. WOW...another bizarre story for the Augusta area...and total abuse of an animal.

jewel
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jewel 08/25/09 - 11:29 am
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How much time should should

How much time should should these animal haters get when found? At least as much as VICK i'm sure.

emergencyfan
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emergencyfan 08/25/09 - 11:43 am
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Yeesh, Marandan, give it a

Yeesh, Marandan, give it a rest. It's been well established that this alligator was not being "kept" and was not this guy's pet. It had taken up residence in a pond on his property and it had already been reported to the proper authorities in the past by the store owner. The authorities apparently did not feel it was a threat and therefore did not remove it. (Since it never bothered anyone, they were apparently right.) What you seem so determined to ignore is that this gator was not killed because someone was afraid it might hurt someone, it was killed for profit and fun by people who had no right to do so--legally, because they had no permit, or morally, because they were trespassing. You could come up with outrageous "what if" stories from now until the cows come home, it will never make what these people did right or honorable. They are low-life, disgusting scum. I only hope to God they had enough decency left to killed the poor beast BEFORE they started cutting it up with a chainsaw...but I doubt it.

marandan
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marandan 08/25/09 - 12:15 pm
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Wow, what do you think this

Wow, what do you think this critter was eating? IN A POND, eventually it had to either be fed by the owner, or stalk and chomp whatever came close enough. Who is to say for sure that it NEVER devoured a dog or a cat, or a cute little deer, who came down for a drink? It may have also attacked and killed a human. It should be gutted to see. Highly unlikely, but possible. If you are a proponent of animal protection, then rush down to the Augusta Abortion Clinic and Stop them dispicable people from ruthlessly killing those animals we call humans.

emergencyfan
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emergencyfan 08/25/09 - 03:40 pm
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You're so funny, Marandan!

You're so funny, Marandan! The alligator killed no pregnant women that I know of, but if you know differently, please state the name of the women it killed, or the child that was apparently swimming in the pond that it ate, or heck, the names of the owners of these cats and dogs it ate. Any sort of facts at all would be appreciated rather than your fevered imaginanary senarios...entertaining though they may be, I've grown tired of them *yawn* and will now be moving on to converse with someone a bit more grounded in reality. Have a great day :-)

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pommom38 08/25/09 - 04:00 pm
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Marandan, are you like 13 by

Marandan, are you like 13 by any chance?? your posts are just ridiculous and so far fetched that they're down right irritating.
So one alligator who has lived in peace, deserved to die because it *might* have eaten someone or there animal? omg, please..
From all your ridiculous posts, I would assume then also, that ALL the gators at the brickyard ponds need to also be mutilated? oh my goodness... they've been there forever, so WOW!! Surely they've eaten what? Dozen people, probably a million pets??
Yet, neither at the evans store, or the ponds have we ever heard of anyone missing, or losing there pets.
The animals have survived in the wild for centuries, there diet does not depend on human interaction or humans, pets, etc.. There was plenty of other dietary means for the alligator.
To whoever did do this, I hope you choke on the meat, and get hunted down by the gator's kin..

marandan
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marandan 08/25/09 - 04:25 pm
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Wow, irritating, OK, I was

Wow, irritating, OK, I was going for thought provoking, with just a touch of stick in the eye. hahahaha Mr. Brown and all you that are trying to defend him, have no basis for your ferver. He was wrong to harbor this dangerous carnivore, without the approval of DNR, and the proper precaution taken to warn and protect the public. Do you want to bet, he will pay a price for this getting this level of publicity? Had the Gator killed a person, the public and the law would be demanding Mr Brown's HIDE, I mean skin, I mean tail. ok I mean butt. He was wrong, he would have been liable, and all you animal lovers are on the wrong side of this issue. Maybe trespassing did happen, maybe some of Mr Browns workers did it. NONE of us KNOW. But until that question is answered, you shouldnt be quick to judge who did it or why they did it. Let us all be glad it wasn't some kids that were killed by this MEAT EATING MACHINE with no conscience. The hunter became the HUNTED.

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pommom38 08/25/09 - 04:48 pm
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Yes, I said IRRITATING. One

Yes, I said IRRITATING. One of your comments left on another article about this same story, is totally contradictory of what you post on this one. You actually posted a *heartfelt* comment.
I won't quote on you, but it was something along the line's of *he's not suffering anymore, not having to lie in wait of his next meal, not baking in the hot heat*.. Maybe you're not young, just confused and no clue what side you're exactly on.

marandan
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marandan 08/25/09 - 05:41 pm
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Wow POMMOM38, I am better at

Wow POMMOM38, I am better at this, than I thought. That was sarcasm, didnt you get it? When I said, he wouldnot have to worry about the sun, giving him alligator skin, or he didnt have to hide when the Gucci man came around. I don't know what side I am on, though, I am glad, I was not on the business end of that Gator. hahahahaha . I am not young as I want to be, but I am at least one day older than that gator. I truly believe all the people claiming the DNR approved of the gator being there is false. That would make them liable as well as Mr. Brown.

marandan
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marandan 08/25/09 - 06:07 pm
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I understand how some of you

I understand how some of you serious animal lovers feel. This a real situation, with real results, and at least one real casualty. But, if you were to find out that this Gator had actually grabbed, and dragged a small child, or you pet doggie into the pond, where it forced its prey under the water and drowned it before consuming it, with torn off bite size peices, until it was gone. Then wouldn't you and the rest of the public,be really sorry and angry that this bizare thing was allowed to happen? Angry that there was NOT a fence and signs posted around the area, to make a trajedy least likely to happen? NOT, Everyone new there was an alligator there. I have lived here since 1972, and I didnt know the gator was there. Take the blinders off, and try to see the inherent danger that was there. Maybe nothing ever happened, or maybe it did. NONE of us, can say for sure, but it did pose a public danger to the public. This remind me of a theif that was trespassing/ breaking into a pawnshop in Florida. He had done it on several occasions. The owner put an electrified cage under the point of entry, and the theif was killed in the cage.Owner charged with manslaughter for not putting up signs

marandan
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marandan 08/25/09 - 06:09 pm
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You must always protect the

You must always protect the public from any dangers, inherent to being on your property.

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