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Headless gator found on shoulder of Florida road

Posted at 12:29 PM, Oct 02, 2019
and last updated 2019-10-02 12:29:44-04

SARASOTA, Fla. (AP) - Florida wildlife investigators want to know what happened to an alligator found without its head on the side of a roadway.

The gator was spotted Monday by Kimberly Kukich, who was driving to her parents' home in Sarasota. As she got closer to the large gator, she saw its head was missing.

Kukich said in a Facebook post that it looks like someone used a chainsaw to cut the gator's head off.

Now the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission is on the case. They say it's illegal to possess alligator parts without proper permits.

Investigators tell ABC 7 that the gator was likely hit by a vehicle and its head was removed later.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the wildlife agency.