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Family catches record-breaking alligator

CAMDEN, Ala. (AP) - A group of Alabama hunters are celebrating the catch of a lifetime: A 15-foot-long alligator weighing more than 1,000 pounds.

Al.com reports the monster gator was pulled from the water in south Alabama early Saturday during the state's alligator hunting season.

Alabama Wildlife and Freshwater Fisheries biologists were able to measure the gator at 15 feet, but weighing it posed a challenge.

The first attempt completely destroyed a winch assembly used to hoist most average gators. So they had to use a backhoe to lift the animal. It weighed in at 1,011.5 pounds.

The gator is the largest ever legally killed by an Alabama hunter. It was caught by Mandy and John Stokes, Kevin Jenkins and his children, 16-year-old Savannah and 14-year-old Parker.

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tmlbtb August 18 2014 at 10:46 AM

The animal lived all these years only to be destroyed by a bunch of poorly educated rednecks. Legal or not, It's a choice that humans can make, let it live or destroy it. What was the purpose?

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Brett August 18 2014 at 10:50 AM

i cant say that i am okay with the decision to trap and kill such an amazing animal. can you imagine how old this alligator must have been to reach this size? do people really have no respect for anything anymore? even lobsters that exceed a certain size are released back into the ocean.

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chasinglight2 August 18 2014 at 10:51 AM

And how proud they look. Red neck creeps!

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ednaja4 August 18 2014 at 10:53 AM

I can see if you have to kill them to protect yourself but just for fun does not make sense to me .It just stupid .

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leslie August 18 2014 at 10:56 AM

This is what you get when brothers, sisters and cousins breed with each other!

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virginia August 18 2014 at 11:03 AM

That is so sad. Someone should hunt them down and hang them like that. The poor alligator survived that long. They should have left it alone....

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ForgetDC August 18 2014 at 11:14 AM

The taking of this gator will make room for many more younger gators to live. This gator and its size would have been a threat to people, pets, livestock, and othere wildlife. The resource will be put to good use as food, and apparel. The gator hunting season also contributes to the economy of many people.

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ForgetDC August 18 2014 at 11:32 AM

Some cultures live on whale meat, some on caribou, some monkey meat, and some on gator. Get over it.

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kimcrdr August 18 2014 at 10:44 AM

why in the heck would a person want to hunt an alligator? I guess they have enough to make a lot of boots and purses!

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loldsparkey August 18 2014 at 11:41 AM

Congratulations that has to be the Bull of the pond judging from the size of it.
You could of saved some lives if a person would of gotten to close to it while it was hunting.If not you save a lot of wildlife and livestock if there were any cows in the area , even anyone's pets.
Best in my neck of the woods is 13 feet which I thought was really large.

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