Alabama family kills largest alligator on record after epic battle
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A family in Alabama recently captured and killed the biggest alligator on record, according to AL.com.
The mighty beast was caught near Camden, Alabama, by Mandy Stokes and her family on Aug. 16. Camden is located about 80 miles west of Montgomery.
Stokes, her husband John, brother-in-law Kevin Jenkins and his two children, 16-year-old Savannah and 14-year-old Parker, were alligator hunting in a creek several miles above Millers Ferry Dam when they came across the biggest alligator any of them had ever seen.
The epic battle to conquer the beast started at about 10:30 p.m. that night and did not end until early the next morning. At one point, they thought they had lost the 1,011-pound alligator. The family had used most of their supply of hooks and line. Finally, they were able to wrap three lines around the alligator and start hauling it towards the surface.
Mandy Stokes then took out a 20-gauge shotgun and took her best shot. The gator was still too far underwater though, and the first shot just made the animal mad.
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At that point, the gator began towing the boat and its passengers across the creek until the boat crashed into a tree stump. The family, bruised and shaken but not seriously hurt, decided to make one final effort to subdue the alligator.
They were able to put a snare around the gator's tail and stuck a new hook under its jaw. This time when they brought the animal up, Mandy Stokes was able to place a shot behind the eyes of the animal that finally brought it down.
After a bit of a struggle, the group of five was finally able to get the alligator back to the Rolad Cooper State Park near Camden in Wilcox County.
The alligator's weight and length was determined by officials as 1,011.5 pounds and 15 feet long. The alligator will be sent to a taxidermist.
AL.com reports it is the biggest alligator on record to be captured and killed in the state. The record before that was a 838-pound, 14-foot, 2-inch alligator that was pulled from the Alabama River in 2011.
Alligator hunting is legal in Alabama with a hunting tag.