- Jorge Milian Palm Beach Post Staff Writer
A second man has been arrested for allegedly killing and gutting two alligators in a canal bank near Lake Okeechobee, according to a Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission arrest report.
Jack Madison Bunting, 42, of Okeechobee is facing a charge of killing an alligator without authority and was released from the Palm Beach County Jail on Nov. 28 after posting a $4,500 bond.
Donald Arthur Daggett, 38, of Palm City was arrested Oct. 21 on the same charge.
Daggett allegedly shot one alligator from the driver’s side seat of his work truck. After going down a canal bank to retrieve the alligator and realizing it wasn’t dead, Bunting walked back to the truck, grabbed the rifle and shot the alligator again, the report said.
The men pulled the alligator onto their truck, then drove to another location to get a second gator they allegedly had killed. They drove to another area where they cleaned the alligators. The men stopped at a bridge and tossed over the alligator carcasses, the report said.
The arrests stem following an investigation that began in June when Daggett’s former girlfriend reported the alleged crimes to the Martin County Sheriff’s Office.
The ex-girlfriend provided photos and videos that allegedly show Daggett and Bunting killing and taking the alligator. The woman also gave investigators a bag filled with what tests proved to be alligator meat, the report said.
In Florida, alligators can only be killed if deemed a nuisance by the FWC or by applying for a permit during state-approved hunts that include specific time frames and locations.