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. 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.

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