Gator Wranglers Busted In Coffee County For Hunting Out Of Season
Enterprise Staff Writer
The Georgia Department of Natural Resources (DNR) arrested two men earlier this week on a unique charge that is rarely seen in Coffee County after the men were caught illegally hunting alligators.
Georgia DNR Game Warden Tim Hutto arrested Charles Greer Laporte, Jr. and Jeremy Lester Murray at an undisclosed location in Coffee County on Wednesday, August 9, after they were caught hunting alligators out of season.
The Douglas-Coffee Drug Unit also responded to the scene of the arrest and conducted a search of the two men, but no contraband was located.
Laporte, who resides on Red Clay Road, and Murray, who resides on Day Spring Road, remain in the Coffee County Jail on the charge of Hunting Out of Season (Alligator).
According to the DNR, “The American alligator (Alligator mississippiensis) is a conservation success story. Due to loss of habitat and unregulated market hunting, alligators were reduced to low numbers by the early 1900s. Thanks to the efforts of conservationists and state wildlife agencies, alligators were listed as endangered in 1967. This status, combined with proactive management and law enforcement efforts by wildlife professionals, allowed alligator populations to rebound and they now flourish over most of their historic range. Alligator populations increased to the point that their protected status was down-listed in 1987 allowing greater flexibility to manage populations.
“The alligator population in Georgia is one of many renewable natural resources that can sustain limited harvest in concert with biological monitoring and periodic evaluations. Georgia’s flourishing alligator population is managed through a regulated hunting season. Additionally, licensed nuisance alligator agent-trappers annually remove about 450 alligators in the state.
“If you are interested in participating in a totally hands-on, eye-to-eye hunting adventure unlike any other hunting experience you can pursue in Georgia, then the Georgia Department of Natural Resources (DNR), Wildlife Resources Division (WRD) invites you to submit an application for the opportunity to participate in Georgia’s alligator hunting season.”
To apply, visit georgiawildlife.com.