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Louisiana man cited for killing an alligator in the Bonnet Carre Spillway

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A Metairie man was cited for illegally killing an alligator in the Bonnet Carre Spillway in St. Charles Parish on Nov. 7, state wildlife officials said.

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries agents were patrolling the spillway near the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers field office when they saw Daniel Duzac, 29, with a dead 7 foot, 9 inch-long alligator he had hunted near the Mississippi River flood control locks. Agents seized the alligator.

St. Charles Parish is included in the east zone for the alligator-hunting season, which opened in late August but closed in October.

The penalty for illegal alligator hunting is a $950 fine and up to 120 days in jail. Duzac may also face civil restitution for the replacement value of the alligator, possibly totaling more than $375.

The case will be forwarded to the St. Charles district attorney’s office for prosecution.


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