Elizabeth Axeberg was walking along Logan Boulevard near Olde Cypress Country Club when she spotted a dead alligator on the side of the road with a piece of yellow tape on it that read, “hit by a car.”
Elizabeth told NBC2,“I was walking along Logan Boulevard and was pretty startled to see a dead alligator laying there along the path with a big piece of yellow tape stuck on it.”
The bizarre event was reported to the police who have concluded that it’s probably what it looks like – someone hit a gator and apparently didn’t want to stick around so they left the tape to let others know what happened.
“It was just very surprising that someone would be callous enough to take the time to stick a piece of tape on it then just throw it to the side of the road. It just doesn’t make any sense to me,” Elizabeth said.
According to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, if you hit an alligator while you’re driving, you’re supposed to immediately call it in at 888–404- 3922. There are no penalties or fines for accidentally hitting an alligator, they just want it reported.
As for the carcass of the alligator, Collier County trash pickup workers collected it during one of their routine pickups on the street and threw it away. A crew member for NBC2 was on the scene and filmed a video that you can view below.