Driver stopped with alligator foot sticking out of dashboard


Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission officers had to do some investigating to figure why a gator foot was hanging out of a truck dashboard.

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It doesn’t get much more “Florida” than this.

During a recent traffic stop in Loxahatchee, Fla., fish and wildlife officers found an alligator foot sticking out of the ashtray of a truck.

Officers had stopped the truck in the Corbett Wildlife Management Area — a swampy expanse northwest of West Palm Beach — to check the driver’s day pass. Instead, they found a scene out of the horror movie “Jeepers Creepers.”

Alligator parts were scattered around the cab of the truck. The driver first told officers he had hunted the gator several years ago, then confessed to killing it a few days earlier — without a permit.

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission couldn’t resist having a little fun with the discovery on their Facebook page and Twitter feed.

“I spy with my little eye…” they said in a post Monday, “An alligator foot in the dashboard!”

The photo also was tweeted by the popular “Florida Man” parody account.

Alligator hunting is legal in Florida only between Aug. 15 and Nov. 1, and only with a permit. They start at $272.

The truck driver was cited for the violation.

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