Brazil's environmental officials have found the skinned and salted corpses of about 740 alligators in the Piagacu-Purus reserve in the Amazon forests. The dried reptiles, weighing about eight tonnes, were destined for local restaurants. Brazilian law permits limited hunts of alligators by local residents. The country's environmental protection agency says the quantity of dried alligators, however, indicates "a large-scale commercial operation", which is illegal.
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