Men accused of trying to hook alligator in southwest Miami-Dade County

Erelio Diaz, Rolando Reyez face alligator poaching charges

Erelio Diaz (left) and Rolando Reyez were arrested on alligator poaching charges.

MIAMI - Two South Florida men are accused of trying to capture an alligator.

Erelio Diaz and Rolando Reyez were arrested Sunday on charges of alligator poaching, unlawful possession or sale of alligator skin and possession of wildlife without a permit.

According to a Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission arrest report, Diaz and Reyez were observed with a rope around an alligator's neck near a canal in southwest Miami-Dade County.

Diaz and Reyez "were using a hook and line to capture the alligator," and they were using a chicken to attract the gator to the bank of the canal, the report said.

Both men remained in jail Monday afternoon on $5,000 bond.

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