Florida Men Arrested for Picking Magic Mushrooms, Found with Stolen Alligator in Backpack

Photo credit: FWC Officer Steve McDaniel

Photo credit: FWC Officer Steve McDaniel

Florida Man is at it again – and this time, he’s got a Hangover-esque posse of pals, one of whom is a live alligator.

A group of Florida men were arrested in Little Econ State Forest on Sunday while allegedly hunting for the magic mushrooms that are sometimes found growing in fields and forests. According to Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission spokeswoman Joy Hill, “They knew what they were picking.”

The five intrepid men were caught and searched by wildlife officials. It was during this search that an officer discovered a ton of ‘shrooms in one of the men’s backpack – along with a live alligator. The 2-foot-long creature’s snout was wrapped in a bandanna to keep it from biting.

Photo credit: FWC Officer Steve McDaniel

Photo credit: FWC Officer Steve McDaniel

The men were each charged with a variety of drug-related offenses, while one man was also charged with illegal possession of an alligator. The alligator was later released unharmed, though possibly with a newfound appreciation for life and its mysteries.

When I first heard this story, it was posted on Reddit with the following headline: “People Caught Stealing Magic Mushrooms, Alligator from State Park.” My first thought? This has to have happened in Florida. Sure enough, it did.

Florida Man is nothing if not predictable in his unpredictability.

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