A video that appears to show an alligator being dragged behind an ATV in Florida has prompted an investigation from state officials.
The video was shared on the Snapchat application, and officials have targeted the location in Volusia County.
The alligator is attached to the ATV with a rope and flops around wildly as the driver speeds up, causing the reptile to drag on the ground as it struggles to escape.
The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission had pinpointed the house of the suspect in the video and were planning to recover the alligator there, reported WESH 2.
Officials said the alligator was dragged because it had been blocking traffic.
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But they said that the man should have called the commission or 911 instead of taking matters into his own hands.
It’s unclear if the man will face any criminal charges.
It’s a third-degree felony to kill or injure an alligator, according to state law (pdf). “It is unlawful to intentionally kill, injure, possess, or capture, or attempt to kill, injure, possess, or capture an alligator or other crocodilian,” the commission stated.