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HindustanTimes Wed,17 Sep 2014

World

US: Family hunts monster alligator weighing 1000 pounds for sport
AFP
Miami, August 19, 2014
First Published: 10:16 IST(19/8/2014)
Last Updated: 10:24 IST(19/8/2014)
In this Saturday a large alligator weighing 1011.5 pounds measuring 15-feet long is pictured in Thomaston, Ala. The alligator was caught in the Alabama River near Camden by Mandy Stokes and family. (AP Photo)

A family in the US state of Alabama hauled in a monster alligator over the weekend, setting a new record for size in the southern state, media reports said on Monday.

The 15-foot (4.5-meter) animal weighing 1,011.5 pounds (459 kilograms) struggled for hours in the Alabama River against a group of relatives who turned catching it into a family affair, news website AL.com reported.

The news portal said the alligator was the largest legally hunted gator ever recorded in the state and compared in size with the biggest on record throughout the US South where the species lives.

Mandy and John Stokes, plus her brother-in-law and his two children, said it was the first time they had requested a permit to hunt alligators.

"Right now the fairest way for me to say it is that we'll apply (for a permit) again," Mandy Stokes told the website.

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A monster alligator weighing 1011.5 pounds measuring 15-feet long is pictured in Thomaston, Ala. (AP Photo)

"But I can assure you, I have no desire to hook into anything like this again. I truly don't," she added.

The alligator was so big it broke the mechanism used to hoist it and a backhoe had to be used to lift it to be weighed.

The gator was measured at a check station by Wildlife and Freshwater Fisheries officials at the Roland Cooper State Park where it was caught.


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