The Texas Parks & Wildlife Department (TPWD) has for the second time filed charges against some East Texas hunting guides over one of their clients taking a record alligator from the Trinity River.
TPWD wardens have filed charges against 42-year-old Levi McCathern of Dallas, the hunter who allegedly killed the alligator, and three guides, Steve Barclay, 47; Sam Lovell, 56; and Ryan Burton, 21; alleging they took wildlife on private property without the landowner’s permission.
TPWD charged Barclay, Lovell, and another hunter-client regarding another record alligator taken in the same area in 2007 (see “TPWD Says Record Gator Taken Illegally”). Those charges were later dropped for lack of evidence despite a months-long investigation (see “Charges Dropped in Gator Case”).
The latest round of allegations and charges followed Barclay guiding McCathern to a 13-foot-plus alligator that he killed June of this year in Leon County (see “Trinity River Record Alligator Reminiscent of 2007 TPWD Boondoggle”).
Wardens began an investigation when a man who owns land on the Trinity River in Leon County claimed a large alligator had been killed on his property without his consent on June 11. He also said a second, smaller ‘gator was taken on his property the day before.
Wardens seized a 13-foot, 1-inch, alligator and an 8-foot, 8-inch, alligator in the investigation.
Taking wildlife on private property without the landowner’s consent is a Class A misdemeanor punishable by a fine not to exceed $4000, confinement in jail up to one year, or both.