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Florida man cited after officers spot alligator foot in his dashboard

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Ben Hooper
The alligator foot sticking out of this truck's dashboard tipped off Florida wildlife officers to a man hunting without a permit. Photo by MyFWC/Facebook
The alligator foot sticking out of this truck's dashboard tipped off Florida wildlife officers to a man hunting without a permit. Photo by MyFWC/Facebook

TALLAHASSEE, Fla., May 9 (UPI) -- A Florida man was cited for illegal hunting after a pair of wildlife agents noticed a severed alligator foot sticking out from the dashboard of his vehicle.

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission said Officers Luis Merizio and Casey Schroer stopped a truck in a Wildlife Management Area to check the vehicle's day-use pass and they quickly noticed the foot sticking out of a dashboard compartment.

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The officers found there were other alligator parts scattered throughout the cab of the truck.

"The driver told our officers that the parts were from anĀ alligator he hunted a few years ago, but our officers could smell that the alligator had been taken recently," the FWC said in a Facebook post. "After reading him his rights, the man confessed to killing the alligator just a few days ago without a permit, and he was cited for the violation."

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