Graphic Warning: Dead gators dumped on side of Fla. road

It's a sight that's hard to take in -- four large reptiles were killed by suspected poachers.

The Department of Natural Resources posted a photo of the gators to try to spread the word.

"I think a couple of customers that came in said that they saw them on the side of the road dead -- blown up or something," said Pamela Carruth, a gas station manager.

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The gators were discovered down the road from an elementary school and reportedly had their tails cut off.

Poaching, defined as the illegal taking of any wildlife, fisheries or natural resources that are protected, is illegal in both Florida and Georgia.

"A lot of the time, it's just blatant disrespect for the law," said Ranger 1st Class David Brady, with the Georgia Department of Natural Resources.

These kills come in the middle of alligator hunting season, which was extended this year in Georgia.

Action News Jax found out that 1,000 tags were issued in the Peach State.

One tag allows you to harvest one gator, not four.

"There's very few of us and a lot of the public knows that," Brady said. "We do take it seriously and hope we make contact with the people who did this."

Since details are so limited, the public's input is very important at this point. If you know anything whatsoever, you're encouraged to call the DNR's Ranger hotline or the DNR office located in Brunswick.

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