Two Killeen men were arrested in connection with the shooting of an alligator Thursday in the Lampasas River above Stillhouse Hollow Lake, according to a Texas Parks and Wildlife Department news release.

Bradley Gillis, 26, and James Haff, 33, were booked into the Bell County Jail on Friday on a class A misdemeanor charge of taking wildlife resources without adjacent landowner consent.

Bail was set at $7,500 each.

Neither man’s name appeared on online jail records Saturday afternoon.

Gillis said Thursday he contacted Texas Parks and Wildlife 10 minutes after shooting the alligator, and took game wardens out in his canoe. He and his friend hooked the reptile while fishing. The alligator bit the other man’s hand, and Gillis shot it in the water before he knew what it was, he said.

Alligators have been seen in the Lampasas River for years, the TWPD release said, but reports of illegal harvest or dangerous encounters with the public are rare.

Alligators may be taken in Texas on private property during the April 1 to June 30 open season, except in a 22-county area along the coast.

Alligator hunters must be licensed, have landowner permission and have a tag, the release said.

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