Potential world-record gator harvested Saturday morning in Alabama

Monstrous 15-footer weighing 1,011 pounds taken from Alabama River

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After destroying one winch, officials used a backhoe to weigh-in this big gator harvested near Camden, Ala. Saturday. The alligator, which tipped the scales at 1,011.5 pounds, had a 70.5-inch girth and a 16-inch snout.
After destroying one winch, officials used a backhoe to weigh-in this big gator harvested near Camden, Ala. Saturday. The alligator, which tipped the scales at 1,011.5 pounds, had a 70.5-inch girth and a 16-inch snout.
Sharaon Steinmann/AL.com

Everything’s bigger in Texas - except alligators, apparently.

A 1,011.5-pound, 15-foot gator was pulled from the depths of the Alabama River in Wilcox County, Ala. after an epic five-hour battle that started Friday night and ended early Saturday morning.

According to AL.com, the gator was harvested by John and Mandy Stokes, along with Kevin Jenkins and his children, Savannah and Parker, near Camden.

Alabama doesn’t have an official record-gator program, but its regulated hunts have only been underway for nine years, so the Stokes gator easily tops the list.

Earlier this summer, Safari Club International declared a 14-foot, 8-inch, 880-pounder killed near Lufkin, Texas by a Louisiana hunter in 2007 the world record, a title it appears will be heading over to Alabama.

For complete details of the wild-and-wooly hunt, click here.




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