Texas hunting guide gets probation in gators case

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Associated Press

Posted on January 15, 2014 at 8:02 AM

BEAUMONT, Texas (AP) — A Southeast Texas hunting and fishing guide has been sentenced to three years of probation for illegally transporting an alligator carcass.

Prosecutors in Beaumont on Tuesday announced the penalty for 49-year-old Steve Barclay of Kennard (keh-NAHRD'). Barclay last August pleaded guilty to transporting wildlife taken in violation of federal law.

Investigators say Barclay in May 2008 witnessed a client shoot and kill three alligators, which are listed as a threatened species. Prosecutors say Barclay knew that Texas law limits hunters to one alligator per hunter per season.

Officials say Barclay on May 20, 2008, transported one of the alligators killed in Leon County to a taxidermy shop in Grapeland.

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