Officials say a man has been cited for charges related to the illegal capture of an alligator after he attempted to trade said alligator for a 12-pack of beer at a Miami convenience store. Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission spokesman Jorge Pino said “I have never experienced anything like this in 25 years in law enforcement.”
According to Pino, Fernando Caignet Aguilera found the gator at a nearby park, trapped it and brought it to the store where he presented the clerk with his proposal: Gator for beer. The clerk called authorities instead.
“This is absolutely bizarre. I can’t imagine somebody wanting to barter a live, 4-foot alligator for a 12-pack of beer. It makes no sense to me,” Pino said.
FWC officers responded to the scene and took the alligator from Aguilera, who was cited for taking possession of and trying to sell the alligator. “It was pretty much in good shape, we didn’t notice any unusual conditions on it,” Pino said.
The alligator was released back into the wild.