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Vacationing kids cited for dragging Florida gator with noose

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Posted at 1:14 PM, Jun 20, 2021
and last updated 2021-06-20 13:14:10-04

PORT ST. JOHN, Fla. (AP) — Three California children are in trouble after catching an alligator by its neck and dragging it to shore while vacationing near a Florida lake.

Authorities say the children hooked a noose around the gator at Fay Lake Wilderness Park in Port St. John and dragged it to shore Thursday night.

Florida Wildlife Commission spokesperson Chad Weber says the 16-year-old was issued a citation for feeding, enticing or molesting alligators.

The 6-year-old and 8-year-old were not given any citations.

Florida Today reports a trapper was called out to remove the rope and pick up the reptile for public safety.