Alligators found shot to death in Seadrift
Calhoun County Game Wardens are investigating the incident
VICTORIA, Texas – Over the weekend, Seadrift residents discovered that multiple alligators were found dead in an irrigation canal off Old Seadrift Road.
The area surrounding the irrigation canal is home to all sorts of South Texas wildlife such as birds, reptiles and fish.
Texas Parks and Wildlife says American Alligators are protected by law in all 10 states where they live and hunting an alligator without a hunting license is illegal.
In all other counties in Texas, except the 22 core counties listed: Angelina, Brazoria, Calhoun, Chambers, Galveston, Hardin, Jackson, Jasper, Jefferson, Liberty, Matagorda, Nacogdoches, Newton, Orange, Polk, Refugio, Sabine, San Augustine, San Jacinto, Trinity, Tyler and Victoria counties the open season is from April 1 through June 30.
We spoke with Seadrift resident and wildlife photographer, John Humbert, on his discovery of the dead alligators that he would often photograph.
” So I brought a friend on Sunday to go get some pictures over there. I said well if you want pictures of alligators let’s go down there and get pictures. I went down to the spot and as I roll up to the spot, there were a couple of kids playing in the water there and I got out and I said have you seen the alligators? they said, yeah they’re dead. I said what?! I got out and went over to the water’s edge and I looked and every one of the alligators that I’ve seen, there’s five of them that live there and all five alligators were dead. They all been shot, ” says Humbert.
Humbert also says that he saw two dead shorebirds and a turtle in the same location.
Calhoun County Game wardens opened an ongoing criminal investigation into the incident and say whoever shot the alligators could face several charges if caught.
If you have any information regarding this incident. Please call Operation Game Thief Texas Wildlife Crime Stoppers Program at (800)-792-4263
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