A South Florida teen has been arrested for killing an alligator and wounding or killing a protected species reports Channel 6 South Florida NEWS on October 17. The incident occurred sometime in July or August of this year.
19-year-old Corey Hardie of Palm Beach Gardens was arrested by The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission after his father alerted to them his son’s actions.
According to the report, Hardie’s father reacted to a text sent by his son on August 4. The text contained a photo of Corey Hardie kneeling over an alligator he claimed to have hacked to death with a machete.
Florida state laws prohibit the killing, harassing or possessing of alligators without a special license, as they are considered a protected species.
While Hardie initially denied his actions and reportedly tried to blame a friend, he later admitted to hacking the alligator to death.
Hardie was released on a $6,000 bond on Saturday. It is unknown whether Hardie has an attorney at this time.
The investigation into the alligator’s death continues, says the wildlife commission.