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Alligator hunting arrests in Lawrence County

August 30, 2011

By Marsha Thompson, WLOX.com

WLBT News has learned that four people have been arrested for illegally hunting and killing alligators out of season. They also face charges of having alligator remains in their possession. Mississippi Wildlife officials busted the men Saturday on the Pearl River in Lawrence County.

The group includes Christian Collins, 23, from Wesson. Also taken into custody was Michael Easterling, 21, of Wesson. Spencer Pell, 22, of Crystal Springs was booked and charged with one count of unlawfulling killing an alligator and one county of possession of an alligator. And Johnny Dow, 19, of Crystal Springs was arrested with the group.

All four were released on a $2,000 dollar bond after being booked into the Lawrence County jail. A state Wildlife official tells us the men were spotted during a routine patrol by gaming officers and tried to run. The men were stopped and officers noticed bloody shirts. The remains of an alligator were in the back of their truck.

A home was also searched and items recovered along with the remains of other alligators, according to Jim Walker with the Mississippi Department of Wildlife Fisheries and Parks.

Alligator season starts in two weeks.

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