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WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (CBSDFW.COM/AP) — Hanging an alligator foot from a dashboard apparently is not a good luck charm.

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A Florida driver learned that the hard way when he was recently stopped in a Palm Beach County wildlife management area by two Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission officers who were checking for permits.

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The commission says officers checking day-use passes in a Wildlife Management Area noticed something unusual. Upon further inspection they saw alligator parts scattered throughout the truck, including a foot sticking out of the dashboard.

At first the driver denied the animal parts were fresh and said they were from an alligator he hunted a few years ago. But officers said the smell was telling them something different. The driver ultimately admitted that he had killed the gator a few days earlier out of season and without a permit. He was cited. His name was not released.

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