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Man arrested after being accused of biting head off live alligator

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A Lafayette man was arrested for animal cruelty after he was accused of viciously killing a young alligator in one of the state’s wildlife management areas.

The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries said Friday that 23-year-old Clayton Voorhies was arrested Aug. 12 for killing the gator June 1 at the Spring Bayou Wildlife Management Area in Avoyelles Parish.

Officials say Voorhies visited the area with two others, identified as 22-year-old Joshua Walker and 55-year-old Jules Walker. While there, Voorhies allegedly bit the head off of a foot-long alligator as the other men watched.

Voorhies was charged with aggravated cruelty to animals and taking an alligator during a closed season. The Walkers were each ticketed for illegal possession of an alligator.

Aggravated cruelty to animals brings a $5,000 to $25,000 fine and one to 10 years in jail. Taking an alligator during a closed season and illegal possession of an alligator both carry a $400 to $950 fine and up to 120 days in jail for each offense.

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