BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — A man who was enrolled in the state’s nuisance animal program and permitted as a nuisance alligator hunter has been cited with 26 alligator violations.
Enforcement agents with the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries cited David Caveretta, 51, last week with 10 counts of illegal possession of alligator skins and parts, and four counts each of taking alligators without a license, taking alligators during a closed season, failing to comply with alligator tagging requirements and not abiding the nuisance alligator program rules and regulations.
Authorities said Monday that all of the alleged violations occurred in Ascension and Livingston parishes over the course of the last two years.
Investigators said Caveretta was using nuisance alligator complaint tags on alligators that were not nuisances.
The department said agents found that if Caveretta was given a complaint tag for a specific nuisance alligator and if that alligator was too small or if he couldn’t find that particular alligator, then he would use the nuisance tag on a larger alligator taken from a different area than the original complaint.
Agents seized 10 alligator hides, Caveretta’s remaining 13 unused alligator tags and his nuisance hunter permit. LDWF also removed Caveretta from the nuisance alligator program.
Failing to adhere to the program’s rules and failing to comply with alligator tagging requirements each brings a $100 to $350 fine and up to 60 days in jail for each count.
Taking alligators without a license carries a $250 to $500 fine and up to 90 days in jail for each count. Taking alligators during a closed season and possessing alligator skins and parts each brings a $400 to $950 fine and up to 120 days in jail for each count.
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