Alligators await shipment out of Kelowna

Kelowna man fined $2,500 for a collection including crocodiles and American alligators, one 3.5 metres long

American alligators are not allowed in B.C. except by special permit

Two large American alligators are awaiting shipment out of the country after being seized from the property of a Kelowna area man last year.

John Douglas Illman pleaded guilty in July to four offences under the Wildlife Act, after a variety of alligators and crocodiles were seized from his property. He was assessed fines totalling $2,500.

The biggest was an American alligator 3.5 metres long, weighing 267 kg.

The smaller animals have been shipped out of the country and the largest two are at a licensed facility awaiting removal from Canada, said Chris Doyle, deputy chief of provincial operations for the B.C. Conservation Officer Service.

 

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