Boater’s Killing of Alligator Wasn’t Self-Defense, Judge Rules

Byline: Associated Press

FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — A boater is facing a $5,300 penalty for shooting an 11-foot alligator he thought was attacking him and his fishing buddy.

Patrick Miller and Keyon Ivory said they were fishing in the Trinity River near the Fort Worth Nature Center & Refuge May 9 when the alligator swam swiftly toward their two-person boat, prompting both men to jump out and Miller to shoot the gator.

The Fort Worth Star-Telegram reported May 25 that state game wardens determined the alligator killing was not in self-defense, despite the anglers’ claims.

Game warden Clint Borchardt said the fishermen aren’t poachers: They just “made a bad choice,” and will be fined.

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