Facebook photos result in arrest
Tuesday, June 21, 2011
Media contact: Karen Parker, 386-758-0525
Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC)
investigators arrested a Tampa man June 17 after receiving a
complaint about photos that had been posted on Facebook.
The complaint said that a deer and alligator had been freshly
killed and that the suspected hunter, Kyle Edwards, 21, was also in
The animals allegedly were killed near Bronson in Levy County on
private property north of Otter Creek.
FWC Investigator James Smith interviewed Edwards, who stated
that on June 10, he and a friend went to the property in Otter
Creek to camp and shoot a new AK-47 he had recently purchased at a
Tampa gun show.
The two men saw an alligator on the dirt road leading to the
camp, and Edwards shot and killed it. He explained they cleaned it,
ate some of the meat and later gave the rest of the alligator meat
to friends. The carcass was disposed of on a dump pile near the
The next day, Edwards said, he shot and killed the deer. After
taking a photograph of the animal, they repeated the process by
cleaning the deer, eating some of the meat and giving the rest to
friends. That carcass also ended up in the dump pile.
Edwards admitted to posting the photographs on his Facebook page
and later removing the photos. He gave Smith a written statement
about the incidents.
FWC investigators were able to locate and document the two
animal carcasses as evidence in the case.
Edwards was issued a citation for taking deer during the closed
season, a first-degree misdemeanor, and for the illegal taking of
an American alligator, a second-degree misdemeanor.