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April 14, 2014

Reward Offered in Two Alligator Shootings in Arkansas

Local and national groups are seeking information leading to the identification, arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible for illegally shooting two alligators at the Pond Creek National Wildlife Refuge. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Arkansas Game and Fish Commission, The Humane Society of the United States and The Humane Society Wildlife Land Trust are offering a reward up to $6,500 for this information.

According to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, on March 18, 2014 an alligator was shot near the last bridge at the access to Ashley’s Camp on Little River located on the Pond Creek NWR. A second alligator was killed and decapitated on April 5 at the same refuge.

Paul Gideon, refuge manager of Pond Creek National Wildlife Refuge, said: “It seems someone doesn’t like alligators, but to kill them because they do not like them is senseless and will not be tolerated. We need good people who care about the refuge and the animals that live on it to help us catch these poachers and stop this from happening here. Pond Creek National Wildlife Refuge is home to many species of wildlife and laws are set in place to protect them.”     

Nicole Paquette, vice president of wildlife protection for The HSUS said: “Alligators are protected as a threatened species under state and federal law and shooting them is illegal. We applaud the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission for their tireless work to investigate this shooting.”

Anyone with information about this case is asked to contact the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission Poaching Hotline at 1-800-482-9262 or the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Office at the Pond Creek NWR at 870-289-2126. All information is confidential and caller’s names are kept anonymous. 

Poaching:

  • Wildlife officials estimate that nationwide, tens of millions of animals are poached annually.
  • It is estimated that only 1 percent to 5 percent of poached animals come to the attention of law enforcement.
  • Poachers injure or kill wildlife anytime, anywhere and sometimes do so in particularly cruel ways. Wildlife officials report that poachers often commit other crimes as well.
  • The HSUS and HSWLT work with state and federal wildlife agencies to offer rewards of $5,000 for information leading to arrest and conviction of suspected poachers.

The HSUS and HSWLT work to curb poaching across the country. Visit humanesociety.org/poaching for more information. The HSUS recently doubled its standard poaching reward from $2,500 to $5,000 thanks to a generous donation from an HSUS board member.

 

Media Contact: Kaitlin Sanderson: 301-721-6463; ksanderson@humanesociety.org

 

 

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