FL: Two men charged with illegally hunting alligators
Two Fort Myers men charged with illegally hunting alligators
Monday, July 27, 2009
FORT MYERS — A vehicle parked along a deserted road near a lake and two
men standing near it with a light aroused suspicion late Friday in Lee
County, leading law enforcement to believe the men were illegally hunting
A Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission officer on patrol
spotted the vehicle west of Interstate 75, north of Daniels Parkway and near
Palomino Drive. He notified the Lee County Sheriff’s Office and deputies
arrived to assist.
The FWC officer found the two men, Joshua Vercil Senseman, 20, who lists
Fort Myers addresses of 11951 Honeysuckle Road and 8385 San Marcos Road, and
Benjamin Davis Burns, 18, 1445 Byron Road, Fort Myers, standing near the
lake with a flashlight. Senseman was holding a rifle, but put it down when
told to do so, according to a Lee County Sheriff’s Office arrest report.
During a search of the men’s vehicle, raw chicken, a hook and electrical
tape was found, according to the report. Those items can be used when
The men face felony charges of armed trespassing and misdemeanor charges
related to the potential illegal hunting of alligators. If convicted on the
felony, the men face up to five years in prison and a $5,000 fine.
In Florida, a special permit is required in Florida to hunt alligators
during season which is from Aug. 15 through Nov. 1 and in regulated areas
only, Gary Morse, an FWC spokesman said Monday.
If the men are found guilty, a judge could order their hunting licenses
Morse did not immediately have information on whether the men have
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