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Alligator Foot in Driver’s Dashboard Leads to Citation for Recent Kill

You can file this one under "Only in Florida."

Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission officers Officers Luis Merizio and Casey Schroer were making a routine traffic stop near West Palm Beach recently and discovered something odd in the driver's dashboard — an alligator foot.

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An alligator foot was found in the dashboard of a driver's truck by officers making a routine traffic stop in Florida. Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission

The man was stopped in Corbett Wildlife Management area so that the officers could check if he had a day pass when they spotted the alligator foot sticking out of the dashboard — and then realized other alligator parts were "scattered throughout the cab of the truck," according to a statement from the Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission.

The driver, who has not been identified, told Merizio and Schroer that he had hunted the alligator a few years back, but a putrid scent in the car made them suspicious of that story, the statement said.

The man eventually admitted that he had killed the alligator without a permit just a few days prior. The man was "cited for the violation."

The Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission warned Florida residents that if they want to hunt alligators, they should do it legally. Alligator hunting in Florida requires a permit and cannot be practiced outside of the hunting season of Aug. 15 to Nov. 1.