American crocodile found dismembered in UM canal Wednesday

A crocodile was found dead and mutilated in a canal on the University of Miami’s Coral Gables campus Wednesday.

The American Crocodile, a recovering endangered species, is a common sight around the UM campus. The decapitated and de-tailed body is believed to have been found near the Ponce de Leon garage.

”It’s impossible for us to know at this point what the motivation was,” Officer Jorge Pino of the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission told The Miami Herald. “We’re hoping that somebody will get outraged enough to tell us if they’ve heard or seen anything. Right now, the reality is we have little to go on.”

UM is fully cooperating with the FWC investigation. Anyone with information on the incident is asked to call the FWC Wildlife Alert Hotline at 1-888-404-3922 or Miami-Dade Crime Stoppers at 305-471-8477.