Taylor County, Kentucky Man Charged With Illegally Possessing Gators

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Taylor County, Kentucky Man Charged With Illegally Possessing Rattlesnakes, Cobra

4/2/08

Frankfort, Kentucky – A Taylor County man is facing 25 counts of illegally importing wildlife into Kentucky and possessing inherently dangerous animals after Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources conservation officers discovered venomous snakes and alligators Friday, March 28, at his Campbellsville residence.

Freddy Stone, 36, was charged with 15 counts of transporting wildlife into Kentucky without a transportation permit and 10 counts of possessing inherently dangerous animals.

Officers Sgt. Phillip Bardin, Wayne Wilson, Jeremy McQuery and John Harris seized six western diamondback rattlesnakes, a gaboon viper, a king cobra, a timber rattlesnake, an iguana, two monitor lizards, two alligators, a boa constrictor and a python from Stone’s Mt. Carmel Church Road residence. Officers visited the residence after receiving a tip about the dangerous species.

Stone was not at the residence during the search and seizure. His wife and four young children were present, however. Stone’s wife told officers he was in a Louisville hospital having fingers amputated after suffering a snakebite. Officers then spoke with him by phone, and he claimed ownership of the illegal species.

Wildlife Biologist Brian Gray assisted the officers in finding facilities to hold the dangerous species.

Stone is scheduled to appear in Taylor District Court April 14.

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The Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources manages, regulates, enforces and promotes responsible use of all fish and wildlife species, their habitats, public wildlife areas and waterways for the benefit of those resources and for public enjoyment. Kentucky Fish and Wildlife, an agency of the Commerce Cabinet, has an economic impact to the state of $4.8 billion annually. For more information on the department, visit our web site at fw.ky.gov.


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Mark Marraccini, (800) 858-1549, ext. 310
 


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