MiamiHerald / Two Miami men are behind bars following a year-long investigation by state and federal wildlife officers who viewed several online videos of one of the men handling federally protected Florida panther kittens and wrestling and harassing several alligators in the Big Cypress National Preserve.
The other man filmed the adventures and posted the videos on YouTube, according to a Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission arrest report.
Alfredo Lopez de Queralta, 45, and Javier Torres, 42, were arrested Tuesday on eight felony counts each of killing, injuring or possessing alligators or eggs without authority and eight misdemeanor counts pertaining to handling endangered or threatened species.
The investigation started with officers from the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission and agents with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the National Parks Service watching a Feb. 22, 2017, YouTube video titled “Pantera de la Florida con dos Cachorros,” Spanish for Florida Panther with two cubs.