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Facebook boast about gator leads to arrest

5:37 PM, Mar 10, 2011   |    comments
A photo provided by Texas Parks and Wildlife shows what officials describe as an 11 1/2-foot dead alligator in Bastrop, Texas.
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BASTROP, Texas -- A man who boasted on Facebook that he killed an 11½-foot alligator has been arrested in Central Texas.

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 gator 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.

Associated Press

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