Rewards rising in gator death

Tuesday, Aug 25, 2009 10:47 AM
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Rewards totaling $3,200 in cash and gift certificates were offered today for tips leading to the arrest and conviction of whoever killed and dismembered an alligator taken from a pond in Evans.

“It really turned my stomach to read about this,” said Mike Hall, whose company – Hall, Hall & Associates, CPAs – offered to finance a $500 reward. “I’m an avid outdoorsman myself, and I’d really like to see these guys caught.”

In addition to Mr. Hall’s pledge, the Humane Society of the United States offered an additional $2,500 as an incentive for information, said Cheryl McAuliffe, the group’s Georgia director.

Such rewards have been effective in shaking loose clues for animal cruelty cases, she said. “We had a guy in south Georgia who burned some kittens last year,” she said. A $3,000 reward helped spur an arrest.

Also today, the First Saturday Crew – a group that works on cleanup projects along the Augusta Canal – contributed $200 in restaurant certificates to the fund, said spokesman Scott Hudson.

The nine-foot gator had lived in a pond off Washington Road behind Brown Feed & Seed. During the weekend, trespassers killed the gator and used a reciprocating saw to remove its head, tail and two front legs.

Georgia’s Wildlife Resources Division is investigating the incident and has asked for the public’s help in solving the crime.

Law Enforcement Sgt. Mark Padgett of the division’s regional office in Thomson, said anyone willing to share information on the case can contact him directly at (706) 737-1480 between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m.

The identity of callers willing to provide information will remain confidential, he said, and they can still claim a reward without their name being made public.

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coolette
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coolette 08/25/09 - 10:56 am
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Thank you!!! I hope they

Thank you!!! I hope they catch these individuals.

smbga
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smbga 08/25/09 - 11:00 am
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GOOD LORD!!!! All gators

GOOD LORD!!!! All gators need to be done away with. Living in Florida just about all of my life, these animals are a menace to humans. Does anyone know how many children and animals are killed each year by these reptiles?

saltine
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saltine 08/25/09 - 11:18 am
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Where is Mike Hall's place of

Where is Mike Hall's place of business located? I would like to give him $20.00 to go with that reward.

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confederate american 08/25/09 - 11:18 am
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smbga-i bet you don't know

smbga-i bet you don't know how many humans are killed by other humans and we don't get to get rid of them.donnie is a freind of mine and i'm going to buy him a pair of gators to go back in his pond

Fiat_Lux
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Fiat_Lux 08/25/09 - 11:25 am
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But we SHOULD get rid of

But we SHOULD get rid of them, Confed Am, we should!

Dixieman
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Dixieman 08/25/09 - 11:29 am
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When they catch the killers,

When they catch the killers, they need to be sentenced to 45 minutes in the pond with this gator's older brothers...let the punishment fit the crime! VH1 can televise it...

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crazy7209 08/25/09 - 11:45 am
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to all of you who have no

to all of you who have no idea where exactly this pond is located. its in a semi wooded area and these people tresspassed on private land to kill a gator that has NEVER caused anyone any problems. He had that pond all to himself and has never done anything, other than scare the crap out of people who where there fishing without permission. No animal deserves to be butchered like this one was. If people would stay off land that doesn't belong to them then they wouldn't have to worry about things that don't concern them. Trust me I will be looking up these businesses myself an offering money to be added to the reward. Too bad we can't butcher the ones responsible like they did this gator.

crazy7209
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crazy7209 08/25/09 - 11:50 am
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Nammy...your post has errors

Nammy...your post has errors in it. Can't watch whatever it is that you want us to see

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Nammy3 08/25/09 - 11:59 am
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http://www.youtube.com/watch_

http://www.youtube.com/watch_popup?v=n7GyLr7Cz2g Hmph, came up again for me.......but here it is again.....good luck. Hope it'll come through for you.

1trugent
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1trugent 08/25/09 - 12:00 pm
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I'm for hanging the poachers.

I'm for hanging the poachers.

Native007
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Native007 08/25/09 - 12:08 pm
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Agreed, I think I will give

Agreed, I think I will give $20 on top of that reward.

TakeAstand
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TakeAstand 08/25/09 - 12:09 pm
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Amen to that Fiat Lux!!!!

Amen to that Fiat Lux!!!!

TakeAstand
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TakeAstand 08/25/09 - 12:10 pm
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Nammy I think it was the woot

Nammy I think it was the woot that messed the first link up, those who don't know your probably didn't know that wasn't part of the link, lmaoo!!

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Nammy3 08/25/09 - 12:13 pm
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I put several spaces in there

I put several spaces in there but the AC didn't recognize them......sorry....hope the 2nd one came thru ok...have a great day ya'll...

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Rose 08/25/09 - 12:13 pm
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I hope someone comes forward

I hope someone comes forward and tells on the poachers. All animals are God's creatures and have a purpose here on earth.

Fiat_Lux
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Fiat_Lux 08/25/09 - 12:32 pm
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Including us, Rose, and all

Including us, Rose, and all you other PETA-types, including us. Poaching is wrong, but gators don't belong in our area, especially in places where people can come in contact with them unawares. I hope the poachers enjoyed the gator tail and have to pay a fine for poaching on private land. That sounds about right. This was a large, dangerous reptile with a brain the size of a wine bottle cork. It was NOT a sentient being, so you crazies out there, get a grip.

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Don KING 08/25/09 - 12:41 pm
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Go ahead and narrow the list

Go ahead and narrow the list of suspects, we all know a pickup truck had to be involved, and at least one person named Bubba!

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markmjtx 08/25/09 - 01:03 pm
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The fact is, the poachers

The fact is, the poachers broke the law. smbga, how many deaths have been caused by gators in Florida? You say you lived there, so you should be the one who knows. The authorities in Florida know how to deal with them. Fiat, please put the cork back on your wine bottle. Your above comment proves that you should not drink before posting.

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confederate american 08/25/09 - 01:06 pm
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fiat lux quit being a pus boy

fiat lux quit being a pus boy

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Fiat_Lux 08/25/09 - 01:07 pm
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You guys are really lame

You guys are really lame today.

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Mr. Thackeray 08/25/09 - 01:15 pm
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smbga & Fiat_Lux You don't

smbga & Fiat_Lux

You don't get it. It was the owners pond not yours and he had every right to allow the gator to live there. It did no harm, unlike the poachers.

smbga
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smbga 08/25/09 - 01:23 pm
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and I am sure that if yall

and I am sure that if yall had a pet that accidentally wondered over into someone's pond area and a gator got the animal, you would be the first to get rid of the animal. yes, uh huh. you know it's true.

smbga
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smbga 08/25/09 - 01:25 pm
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and yes i know that humans

and yes i know that humans take other humans lives every day. too bad that we can't take matters into our own hands. us humans are not very nice. we are evil continually.

Fiat_Lux
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Fiat_Lux 08/25/09 - 01:33 pm
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No, Thak, I really DO get it.

No, Thak, I really DO get it. Brown doesn't have the right to have an alligator in his pond, just because it was his property, unless his property is completely fenced off and people can't wander onto it. He made no attempt to contain that gator, and anyone could and still can walk right up to that pond. That constitutes a danger to the public, even if the poaching is illegal, and found to be outrageously criminal by some. Is poaching a crime punishable by prison or by a hefty fine? Anyone?

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superdawg 08/25/09 - 01:52 pm
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Who has the right to kill

Who has the right to kill this animal in Columbia County? Only the DNR. How long has this dangerous animal been allowed to live in a well populated area?

What if a person had gotten attacked by this wild, dangerous animal? If it was your child who wandered over there. I have seen people stop and look for the gator. We are lucky that the animal never killed a human.

This is a sad fate for an animal. The DNR should have taken the animal out of this area long ago.

Like the bear that was roaming the area a few months back....no buisness in an urban enviorment.

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SteveCagle 08/25/09 - 01:58 pm
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Fiat, it wesn't "his"

Fiat, it wesn't "his" alligator, no more than a deer running through your backyard is yours, or the opossum living under your deck, or the snake swimming the creek behind your house, you get my point here? If that snakes bits your kid because he/she "wandered" near the creek, its your fault, not the animals. the gator didn't do a thing to anyone, and did not pose a threat except to people like you with the free "wandering" spirit that apparently causes you to trespass frequently on other peoples property.

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MadSnapper 08/25/09 - 01:59 pm
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Crikey!

Crikey!

confederate american
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confederate american 08/25/09 - 02:01 pm
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fiat lux-so you don't

fiat lux-so you don't understand pus boy,how about you don't have a set,and if you are a female that answers that question

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marandan 08/25/09 - 02:51 pm
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Hello MR THACKERAY, did you

Hello MR THACKERAY, did you or anyone else, hear about the Sanke(PYTHON) that slithered into the crib of an infant in FLORIDA and strangling it? It was the owners, and it was on their property. How do YOU know it did NO harm? How about the Monkey in CT. that ripped a lady's hands and ears and face off. It's owner also thought it was ok and harmless, until it did the unthinkable. How about locally, the dog that killed the little boy recently. Animals wild or domestic can be killers. What liability would MR. Brown be facing had the Gator killed a person? It was dangerous, posed a threat to the public. I dont know who killed the gator, but I am not disapointed that it is dead. It amazes me, that some people will scream to high heaven if you hurt or kill an wild or domestic animal, and yet they do nothing about a local Abortion Clinic killing little defenseless animals, called humans.

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