GONZALES (AP) — Two men arrested for allegedly trespassing on Alligator Bayou Swamp Tours property in Ascension Parish also were cited on an array of alligator hunting violations.
A Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries agent on Monday cited Jason T. Causey, 23, of Gonzales, and Shane H. Knapp, 23, of Baton Rouge.
The Advocate reported Wildlife and Fisheries agent Sgt. Dennis Bueche and Ascension Parish sheriff's deputies arrived at the Alligator Bayou Swamp Tours property in Prairieville, shortly after midnight Monday.
Once on scene, they heard an all-terrain vehicle and gunshots and saw a spotlight inside the Alligator Bayou Tours property.
After a brief search, Causey and Knapp were located in possession of a 10-foot alligator that had been shot in the head with a .45-caliber pistol/
After further investigation, it was determined that the ATV belonged to Alligator Bayou Tours and that Knapp and Causey were using the ATV to attempt to drag the alligator back to their truck.
Alligator Bayou Swamp Tours opened in May 1996, providing visitors and tourists a view of Louisiana swamp habitat through boat rides and a wildlife center. It stayed in business for more than 13 years before closing after the opening of a floodgate near the property dropped water levels dramatically.
Knapp and Causey were booked into the Ascension Parish Jail on counts of trespassing, illegal use of a firearm and criminal damage to private property.
The two men also were cited for taking alligators during a closed season, hunting alligators at night with a firearm, illegal possession of alligators, taking alligators without a license, unauthorized use of a moveable, violating frog regulations for possessing a firearm, taking a bullfrog during a closed season and fishing without a basic fishing license.
It was unclear whether the men have attorneys.