When the Hunter Becomes the Hunted: Or, How Killing Big Gator Got Dallas Attorney In Trouble

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It was mighty big news last month when Dallas attorney Levi McCathern shot and killed that 880-pound, 14-foot-long alligator along the Trinity River down in Leon County -- big enough that it made CNN, matter of fact. Said the proud lawyer for the Dallas Cowboys, "We got a lot of the meat and the hide, and all is at the taxidermy shop. We'll probably mount it." Oh, but it'll cost him -- could be anywhere from $4,000 to a year in jail, among the punishments for taking wildlife on private property.

That's according to the Texas Parks & Wildlife Department, which just sent word that yesterday, arrest warrants were issued for McCathern and his three guides from Crockett after investigators discovered they shot the gator -- which, says TPWD, is really 13-foot-1-inch -- on private property back on June 11. The release also says that the property owner "said a second, smaller 'gator was taken on his property the day before." I asked Mike Cox, spokesman for the department, when this interesting news short turned into an investigation. Said he: "It turned into an investigation when the landowner contacted game wardens and said he believed someone had been hunting alligators on his property without his permission."

The release says McCathern was expected to turn himself in to the Leon County Sheriff's Department today; Leon County officials won't say if he did, Cox doesn't know if he did, and no one's picking up the phone at McCathern's law office on Rawlins. But CNN noted back in late June that "McCathern and his guide, Steve Barclay, spent two days stalking the animal down the river. He killed it with one shot." I asked Cox, is it possible that McCathern just ended up on private property by accident?

"Obviously, that's up to the legal system," he said. "But our officers found there was enough evidence to file charges."

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Jack Hammer
Jack Hammer

There are too many lawyers and not enough gators.

CraftsmanDave
CraftsmanDave

Shooot em Levi Shoooot em !!!!! Ooooh I wish 'lizabeth was here to shooot em'. Uh-oh here come Junior and Willie, weez a shootin on his land..

Titus Groan
Titus Groan

I had no idea gators that big lived in Texas.  Holy crap.

MushMouth1
MushMouth1

I'm just thankful that this happened in Texas and not our next door neighbor. Louisiana sheriffs don't fare too well when they go sneaking into swamps to get these guys.

Fertile Egg
Fertile Egg

Wow, what a stud .  Shot a defenseless animal at 50 yards away in a 5 ft wide watering hole.

Mother Nature
Mother Nature

Throw the fat fucker in jail.  Absolutely disgusting.

Zeeba Neighba
Zeeba Neighba

Gee, what's the world coming to when big lawyer man can't go and indiscriminately kill something to placate his ego? Civilization perhaps?

Whistling Pete
Whistling Pete

I bet the landowner was not happy with the previous day shoot and subsequently had video camera ready for the next day hunt. That would suffice as 'enough evidence to file charges' against a civil defense attorney who probably has retained a top flight criminal defense attorney.Also, where did the 'gator eating cattle' story that was quoted a month ago originate from? I believe that a TPWD spokesman has debunked that claim.

TimCov
TimCov

This is why it is so important that, when you hire a guide service, you hire a good one known for their ethics.

CheeryBitch
CheeryBitch

<trot, alligator="" hunter=""> Choot 'em! Wait... DON'T choot 'em, Levi! </trot,>

Robert G Carter
Robert G Carter

smoked alligator @ Mike Anderson's BBQ House. nom nom nom

pak152
pak152

obviously they haven't been watching Swamp People . you don't go gator poaching on someone else's property

ChrisU
ChrisU

we used to just worry about Cowboy players getting in trouble, now its the lawyers too.somehow this is Jerry's fault.

scottindallas
scottindallas

"Levi McCathern"  Those Irish Jews deserve what they get.

CraftsmanDave
CraftsmanDave

Uh-Oh, Willie done hit Levi in da balls wit his treble hook an Junior shot in da azz. Oh well, dats life in da swamp....

CheeryBitch
CheeryBitch

Darn html..... I was channeling Troy from Swamp People. Fekkin' love that guy.

Michael MacNaughton
Michael MacNaughton

My daughter loves that show! Trivia -  the distance between the mid-point of the gator's eye sockets and his nostrils, in inches, correlates to length. 12 inches between the eyes and nostrils = 12 foot gator!

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