Man Arrested for Allegedly Killing Alligator in Gruesome Snapchat Video

by Jon D. B.
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In a big win for conservation, this Georgia man has been charged for his ridiculous Snapchat showing him posing with a poached alligator.

Down in Waynesboro, one poacher is getting due justice. Like all Southern states, Georgia doesn’t mess around when it comes to hunting laws. And if anyone’s idiotic enough to poach an animal out of season and post it to social media, chances are they’re going to get caught.

Brock Sherman Devore is a prime example. The local poacher now has a criminal record to accompany his terrible decision-making thanks to his impulse to post his alligator carcass on Snapchat.

His arrest came Sunday night, followed by booking into the Burke Co. jail where he would remain throughout Monday. The charges? Hunting alligators out of season, hunting upon or discharging weapons across a public road, and hunting without permission, local WRDW reports.

According to jail records, Georgia Department of Natural Resources Cpl. Ben Payne, says his tip on Devore’s crimes came via anonymous text message. Payne then made the arrest after viewing the Snapchat video via the text. Within, Devore poses with his dead alligator proudly.

Luckily, Officer Payne knew the location featured in Devore’s incriminating post. He would then head to the site and find that the poacher was guilty of not just one – but multiple crimes. He cites Devore as shooting the gator in a “private body of water.” He also shot it from a public road.

According to his findings, the alligator killing happened Saturday afternoon in Burke County. Payne would even find the rifle and dead alligator on-site, making the poaching not only moronic and illegal – but a total waste of wildlife.

Georgia Alligator Poaching Serves as Reminder of Species’ Threatened Status

Devore’s arrest and conviction serve as a stark reminder of the species’ status, too. The American alligator is a protected animal. They remain “threatened.” This means they are still under threat of extinction without proper conservation and wildlife management.

In order to keep alligators from being hunted to the brink of extinction again, Georgia holds a limited hunting season for the giants. In 2021, this took place from August 20 to October 4. Like all states, Georgia’s season holds incredibly strict hunting regulations for gators, too.

For starters, hunting alligators is legal only through a short supply of special tags. These come via lottery system. Officer Payne cites that some can wait upwards of five years to earn a tag, even. While the limit on gators is necessary, it is a double-edged sword. Such a wait can lead to lesser individuals like Devore poaching the species.

Thankfully, Payne states that Georgia’s alligator numbers remain “at a good level” currently. He does cite, however, that the state is considering an uptick in harvests in the future. This, he hopes, will lessen poaching and wasting of precious wild resources.

Devore would see release on a $2,650 bond. His criminal record, however, is permanent.

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