A Texas alligator involved in a fatal attack was shot and killed Monday, and game wardens have decided not to charge the man who admitted to the killing, according to KTRK ABC 13 and KBMT 12 News.
The 400-pound alligator is suspected in the death of 28-year-old Tommie Woodward, who, despite verbal and written warnings, jumped into a bayou where the animal had been spotted numerous times. Though Woodward's death was ruled a drowning, some of his body parts were found inside the alligator, according to CNN.
Kent Robnett admitted to the killing because he wanted to protect his family.
"I have a 1-year-old, a 3-year-old and a 14-year-old who swim out here," he told KTRK. "He was just too big."
Had charges been filed against him, he would have faced a $500 fine for the unlawful harvesting of the alligator.
Colonel Craig Hunter, Law Enforcement Director for the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department, said in a statement, "In no way do we condone the killing of a nuisance alligator without proper authority. Either Texas game wardens or a licensed nuisance alligator hunter would have been more appropriate to handle the situation. Either way, because of its aggressive behavior, the alligator would have to be killed. If there is a positive that can come out of this case, it's an educational opportunity for us to reinforce to the public not to feed or disturb alligators and that there are proper procedures for handling nuisance alligators."
Watch this clip of the Maine Game Wardens stopping illegal hunting in North Woods Law: