Man Arrested After Allegedly Killing Alligator, Posing With It on Snapchat

A Georgia man has been arrested and jailed after allegedly hunting an alligator illegally and posting it on Snapchat.

The man, named as Brock Sherman Devore by Georgia news outlet WRDW, was reportedly charged with hunting alligators out of season and without permission and discharging a weapon across a public road.

He was arrested on Sunday and remained in jail on Monday, WRDW reports.

According to arresting officer Cpl. Ben Payne from the Georgia Department of Natural Resources (GDNR), an anonymous text message tipped him off to illegal hunting and he was able to see a video of a man posing with a dead alligator.

Newsweek has contacted GDNR for comment.

American alligators are an example of animals that have been saved by conservation efforts. The large reptiles were once reduced to low numbers in the early 1900s due to unregulated hunting and a loss of their habitat.

Their status was then reduced to "endangered" in 1967, according to the GDNR, and downlisted once more in 1987.

Due to increasing numbers limited and regulated alligator hunting is permitted in the state of Georgia, subject to population evaluations.

GDNR's website states that the alligator hunting season ran from August 20 to October 4 this year. To hunt within the season, people still need to apply for a permit.

Payne told WRDW that he was aware of where Devore's hunting camp was and had attended the site where he found a rifle and a dead alligator.

The incident reportedly happened on Saturday afternoon in Burke County in a private body of water.

According to the National Wildlife Federation (NWF), American alligators are currently listed as threatened. The animals can grow to lengths of more than 12 feet and weigh as much as 1,000 pounds.

They can be found in coastal wetlands of the U.S. Southeast, as far north as North Carolina and as far west as eastern Texas, the NWF states.

And, in August, an alligator was photographed swimming in a river in the state of Massachusetts, hundreds of miles away from its natural habitat.

The photo of the alligator in the Connecticut River was shared with local station Western Mass News.

Resident Joseph Matteson, who spotted the animal, told the news outlet he had spotted it a few times over a period of multiple days before deciding to take a photo. "We mostly just see bass and fish, maybe a snake here and there," he added.

The Division of Fisheries and Wildlife in Massachusetts told Newsweek at the time that it was looking for the reptile.

Alligator in water
A stock photo shows an alligator partly submerged in a body of water. The large reptiles are found in several U.S. states. joe32780/Getty