Biggest Gator Ever Caught Topped 1K Lbs., Broke Scale
Alabama hunters killed a massive 15-foot alligator over weekend
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Aug 18, 2014 10:21 AM CDT
In this Saturday, Aug 16, 2014 photo, A monster alligator weighing 1011.5 pounds measuring 15-feet long is pictured in Thomaston, Ala.   (Sharon Steinmann)

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

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Aug 19, 2014 9:16 PM CDT
lots of belts boots and stew nice job guys!
Aug 19, 2014 2:23 PM CDT
Not to point too fine a point on it because this gator would crush your bones and shat them out if you were dumb enough to dance around on its nest pile. However, like all cool and wild charismatic species, we will be left with a withered gene pool of small and weakened specimens without a little more descretion. Big gators, like alligator snappers, catfish, bears, sharks...etc. have been selectively "trophied" for so long that spotting a big one is world wide internet news. BIg breeders like this example maintain the health of the species. Like someone said, being smart (and old) enough to get this big shouldnt be rare and makes it all together a different animal than the 4 footers that eat golf balls.
Aug 18, 2014 6:54 PM CDT
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