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Mutilated alligators being found in the Tampa area have sparked a pair of investigations with Florida’s Fish and Wildlife Conversation Commission.

A woman reported Sunday that she saw one of the decapitated animals — without a head or tail — on the side of Highway 37 in Lakeland, following a discovery a week earlier in Myakka City of two smaller ones who had their tails missing.

The article goes on to state the following:

In early April on the other side of the state, in Rockledge, a jogger reported finding a gator estimated to be more than 9-feet long on the side of the road with its head and tail missing.

In March, farther north in Volusia County, the FWC said it was investigating a video of a man dragging an 8-foot alligator with an ATV near U.S. Highway 1.

A Florida couple also was arrested last year after being accused of cutting off a trapped alligator’s tail and then going door-to-door trying to sell it to their neighbors.

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