A Florida man was driving his tractor mower near a pond when he observed an alligator and a nest of eggs. Instead of turning around, the driver allegedly killed the gator and destroyed many of the eggs.
I mean, I get gators are aggressive, but what the hell?
A man operating a tractor mower is accused of dropping the mower blades on a 6-foot alligator and destroying an active gator nest in Daytona Beach, according to investigators with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission.
A witness told wildlife officials he saw a large tractor with a mower attachment clearing brush around a retention pond. The witness stated he saw the driver scare off a 6-foot alligator by hitting the water with the mower blades and then continue on. However, the alligator crawled back onto the bank and the tractor operator then turned around and drove back toward the creature.
The witness said the driver again tried to scare the alligator back into the water but when the alligator moved farther up the bank, the driver dropped the mower deck on top of the alligator. The alligator went back into the water where an FWC officer found it suffering from mortal wounds.
Steven Dariff was arrested and charges for killing the alligator and destroying the eggs.