The Texas Parks and Wildlife Department has charged two Forth Worth men in the killing of an alligator found dead in the Trinity River earlier this month.
The men said they panicked when they encountered the gator while fishing in the Trinity River near the Fort Worth Nature Center.
“I was in the front seat here, steering,” Ivory said, pointing to his small bass boat.
Suddenly, he saw the alligator rising from the water. “A huge one; I mean, bigger than the boat we were on,” he said.
The boat is 10 feet long. The alligator was 11.
“I was scared. I was very scared,” Miller said. “When it started coming towards us, that’s when we really got scared.”
The men said they feared for their lives and jumped out of the boat.
Miller admitted that he shot the gator with a gun he brought to protect himself. He said he brought the gun with him because it was new and he didn’t want someone to steal it from his car.
Ivory then called 911 to report what had just happened.
“We tried doing the right thing,” Miller said.