In Jasper County, South Carolina, two men will face the harassment of wildlife charge after forcing a baby alligator to drink beer and posting the photos and video on social media. According to a news release from the South Carolina Department of Natuaral Resources, Joseph Andrew Floyd Jr., 20, and Zachary Lloyd Brown, 21 of Ridgeland, picked up the alligator after spotting it crossing the road. They then held it in the flatbed of their truck and poured beer into its mouth; taking photos to post on social media.
“Wildlife conservation is a big part of what SCDNR officers do each day,” SCDNR 1st Sgt. Earl Pope said. “This case is a good example of why we strive to educate people about wildlife in hopes that they will respect it.”
SCDNR is filing the misdemeanor charge of harassing wildlife through the state’s alligator management legislation (Article 5, Section 50-15-500, Subsection C). If found guilty the men face a $300 fine. The judge who oversees the case in court will determine the men’s final punishment.
Floyd Jr. stated they released the alligator and watched it swim away. In South Carolina, it’s illegal to feed an alligator or to attempt to lure it with food. It is illegal to hunt or take alligators without a permit.
(Photos of baby alligator forced to drink beer via Facebook photos)
The public is asked to report any and all criminal activity interfering with the lives of wildlife. Any incident should be reported to 1-800-922-5431.
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