By Carol Christian
A Lufkin man has pleaded guilty to killing an alligator out of season by shooting it from a boat, U.S. Attorney John M. Bales announced Wednesday in Beaumont.
According to information presented in court, Michael Wayne Scoggin, 38, shot and killed a 13-foot American alligator on April 8, 2011.
Using a .22-caliber rifle, Scoggin shot the approximately 800-pound creature from a canoe on the Neches River in Trinity County, Bales' office stated in a news release.
It is a violation of Texas law to kill an alligator in Trinity County any time except Sept. 10 to Sept. 30, the release stated. It's also illegal in Texas to shoot an alligator from a boat in public water.
The federal Endangered Species Act lists alligators as threatened and prohibits the taking of any threatened species of fish or wildlife in violation of any federal or state regulation.
After killing the alligator, Scoggin tied it to the outside of the canoe and towed it to his truck for transport to a Grapeland taxidermy shop, where he paid about $1,500 to have the skull and hide tanned and preserved, the release said. More....