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Texas Man Faces $100K Fine for Shooting Alligator Off-Season

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    An East Texas man faces up to a year prison or a fine up to $100,000 for the off-season shooting of an 800-pound alligator while canoeing in a public area.

    Prosecutors in Beaumont said Michael Wayne Scoggin, of Lufkin, on Wednesday pleaded guilty to killing the 13-foot American alligator that's protected as an endangered species.

    No sentencing date was immediately set for Scoggin.

    Prosecutors said Scoggin shot the reptile in April 2011 while canoeing on the Neches River in Trinity County, towed the carcass and posted photos online and at a store.

    Investigators later recovered the preserved skull and hide.

    Texas law bars the killing of alligators in Trinity County other than on certain dates in September, plus bans the shooting of alligators from boats in public waters.