The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission Division of Law Enforcement Weekly Report from May 12-18 includes incidents in the Lake Okeechobee area.
• Officers Naules and Watson were on patrol in Glades County, when they observed a subject throwing a cast net into freshwater. After watching the subject throw the net, they conducted a resource and license inspection. The subject had no other fishing equipment other than the net. The subject was found to be in possession of seven freshwater gamefish and was charged with taking freshwater gamefish by illegal method.
Officers Watson and Naules responded to a report of someone shooting and killing an alligator. The officers located the suspect, who admitted to shooting the alligator. In addition, the subject was in possession of a recently skinned and cleaned alligator. The subject was charged accordingly.
• Lieutenant Brodbeck was on patrol in Stormwater Treatment Area 1 West, when a group of anglers were observed fishing with a cast net. Lieutenant Brodbeck observed approximately eight buckets already filled with fish and conducted a resource inspection. The inspection revealed 12 freshwater gamefish, two black crappie, four largemouth bass, and six bluegill. One angler took responsibility for the violations and was issued a resource citation for harvesting gamefish by illegal method.