The truck's cab was littered with alligator parts, including a large, clawed foot stuck in a storage cubby in the truck's dashboard. Curious about the slightly macabre scene, the officers questioned the truck's owner but his story didn't add up.
"The driver told our officers that the parts were from an alligator he hunted a few years ago," said an FWC spokesperson on the agency's official Facebook page.
The two experienced officers were not convinced, and they smelled something fishy with the driver's story. Literally.
"Our officers could smell that the alligator had been taken recently," said the FWC.
The officers then detained the driver and read him his rights, whereupon he admitted to killing the alligator just a few days prior without the proper permit. The driver, whose name was not released by the FWC, was cited for hunting an alligator without a permit.