MIAMI – Florida wildlife officials say a man tried to trade a live alligator for a 12-pack of beer at a Miami convenience store.
Fernando Caignet Aguilera was sleeping in a Miami park on Dec. 10 when he saw the 4-foot alligator and decided to try to trade it for beer, said Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission spokesman Jorge Pino.
Aguilera caught the gator and put it in a box, and took it to the Santa Maria Market at 3200 Northwest 12th Ave., Pino said.
The clerk at the store refused his offer, and Aguilera then tried to sell the gator to other customers outside the store, but there was no takers, according to Pino. The clerk then called 911 and Miami police arrived who then notified Fish and Wildlife.
The gator was in good shape and was relocated to another area, Pino said.
Pino says Aguilera was cited for illegally capturing, possession and trying to sell the gator. He was released on a promise to appear.
Pino warned people that even a 4-foot alligator can be feisty and injure people if they are not trained to handle the reptiles.
“This is one of the most unique cases I have handled, but nothing surprises me in the city of Miami,” Pino said.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.