Jacksonville man takes gator on beer run

By Josh Williams - Producer

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - A man made a beer run to a Jacksonville convenience store carrying a live alligator with its mouth taped shut.

Video posted online shows the unidentified man walking into the store holding the gator under his right arm. He walked toward the counter, asking, “Ya’ll ain't out of beer are you?”

He then sees someone in the back of the store and says, “Is he taking the last bit of beer? You aren’t taking the last bit of beer are you?”

The man with the gator jokingly runs at the other man as people in the store laugh.

He then grabs a 12-pack of beer.

News4Jax reached out to Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, which said it is investigating the video to see if any laws were broken.

The video ends without showing if the man paid for the beer or how the incident at the store ended. The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission is said to be investigating the incident.

The FWC is aware of the video depicting a number of individuals in possession of an American alligator both outside and inside a convenience store in Duval County. The disregard shown for Florida’s wildlife in this instance is concerning, and the incident is currently under criminal investigation by the FWC. If anyone has further information about this incident, they are encouraged to contact the FWC’s Wildlife Alert hotline at 888-404-3922.

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