Facebook Post Leads to Arrest in Gator's Death

Thursday, Mar 10, 2011  |  Updated 5:13 PM CDT
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Clay Ingram, with the Bastrop Sportsmen group, showing an alligator seized by Texas Parks & Wildlife after it was shot and killed earlier this week in Wilbarger Creek, a tributary to the Colorado River between Bastrop and Elgin. He said the gator measured 11.5 feet long and likely weighed between 600-700 lbs.

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A man who boasted on Facebook that he killed an 11½-foot alligator in Central Texas is a prime suspect in the illegal shooting.

Texas Parks and Wildlife Game Warden Fred Ensinger said Thursday the gator was discovered near a creek in Bastrop County about a week ago.

He calls the alligator an "anomaly," nearly twice the size of gators rarely seen this far from the Texas Gulf Coast.

Ensinger says the suspect's Facebook postings about shooting the big gator helped authorities track him down. Ensinger wouldn't identify the suspect because he hasn't been charged with what is likely to be a misdemeanor.

The game warden says it's illegal to kill alligators in Bastrop County. Unlike some other parts of the state, there is no open hunting season for them there.

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