Florida Man enjoys his meat rare, poaches endangered gopher tortoises to eat them

Park to table.

click to enlarge Florida Man enjoys his meat rare, poaches endangered gopher tortoises to eat them

UPDATE: Gopher tortoises are listed as "threatened" rather than "endangered" in the state of Florida. CL regrets the error.

Last night, Martin County deputies called to Seabranch Preserve State Park discovered a man in possession of two endangered federally protected gopher tortoises. They came upon the 28-year-old lying on the ground, ostensibly searching for more tortoises, which burrow into holes.

When asked, the man admitted that he'd planned on taking the two reptiles back home and eating them. Guess he was taking that whole slow food trend a little too literally. The case was handed over to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, and will likely face poaching charges.

Scroll to read more Tampa Bay News articles
Join the Creative Loafing Tampa Bay Press Club

Local journalism is information. Information is power. And we believe everyone deserves access to accurate independent coverage of their community and state.
Help us keep this coverage going with a one-time donation or an ongoing membership pledge.


Join Creative Loafing Tampa Bay Newsletters

Subscribe now to get the latest news delivered right to your inbox.

We welcome readers to submit letters regarding articles and content in Creative Loafing Tampa Bay. Letters should be a minimum of 150 words, refer to content that has appeared on Creative Loafing Tampa Bay, and must include the writer's full name, address, and phone number for verification purposes. No attachments will be considered. Writers of letters selected for publication will be notified via email. Letters may be edited and shortened for space.

Email us at [email protected]