A Chevy Traverse was recently spotted hauling a massive alligator on a towbar-mounted storage rack in Florida, proving you don’t need a pickup truck to go hunting for game – as long as you don’t mind getting a few funny looks on the drive home.
Mystified onlookers filmed the Chevy Traverse hauling the massive gator down I-95 in Brevard County, Florida last week. Karen Kress, one of the motorists that snapped the original photo of the vehicle, initially thought it might have been fake, but later told local NBC affiliate WFLA Channel 8 that she was “99 percent sure it was a real gator.” Kress also noticed blood around the tail, and said she believed the animal was hunted legally.
Florida’s gator hunting season lasts from August 15th to November 1st, according to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission’s website. The wildlife conservation watchdog describes the Florida Statewide Alligator Hunt as a “highly sought after limited entry hunt,” that often has more than 15,000 applicants vying for just 7,000 permits. Those who receive the license get an area-specific harvest permit and two tags that allow them to harvest up to two alligators. A Florida hunting or fishing license is not required to participate in the state’s alligator hunt.
One commenter told WFLA Channel 8 they noticed one of these hunting tags affixed to the animal as the Chevy Traverse, which appears to be a pre-2021 facelift model, traveled down the highway.
“The gator was harvested during hunting season,” the person said. “You can see the yellow gator ‘tag’ fastened to his tail.”
Check out the NBC news report of this stereotypically Florida incident embedded below.