Florida wildlife officials say a man tried to trade a live alligator for beer at a Miami convenience store.

State Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission spokesman Jorge Pino says the man received a citation for illegally capturing and trying to sell the alligator.

Pino told WTVJ-TV that the man trapped the 1.2m alligator at a nearby park and brought it to the store on December 10. When he proposed to trade the animal for a 12-pack of beer, the store clerk called authorities.

Pino said the alligator was "pretty much in good shape". The animal was released back into the wild.

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- AP