Hunters capture 1,000-pound gator A monster alligator weighing 1011.5 pounds measuring 15-feet long is pictured in Thomaston, Alabama (AP photos)
Hunters capture 1,000-pound gator
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A group of Alabama hunters is celebrating the catch of a lifetime, a 15-foot-long alligator that weighed more than 1,000 pounds.

Jeff Dute of AL.com reports the monster gator was pulled from the water in south Alabama early Saturday during the state's alligator hunting season.

The gator is the largest ever legally killed by an Alabama hunter. It was caught by Mandy and John Stokes; Kevin Jenkins and his children, 16-year-old Savannah and 14-year-old Parker.

Wildlife and Freshwater Fisheries Biologists had no trouble measuring the beast at 15 feet even. But they had to call for relief when trying to weigh it. The first attempt destroyed the winch assembly used to hoist most gators. So they used a backhoe to lift it and a biologist officially called the weight at 1,011.5 pounds.

Those dimensions easily make the Stokes gator the biggest ever killed in Alabama. An internet search suggests the Stokes gator may be the largest American alligator ever legally killed by a hunter.

In June, Safari Club International declared a 14-foot, 8-inch, 880-pound alligator killed in Chalk Creek near Lufkin, Texas by Justin Wells of Bossier City, La., in 2007 as the world record.

It's not clear which metric - length, weight or a combination of both - SCI used to make its declaration.

A September 2013 story on Outdoor Life's website tells the tale of a 13-foot, 9-inch, 1,100-pound gator killed by Drew Baker in Arkansas. Baker's gator is the Arkansas record. But the story makes no mention of it being in contention for world record status.

Stokes' gator measured 70.5 inches around the stomach, 46 inches around the base of the tail and had a 16-inch snout measurement.

Mandy Stokes' crew, including the teens, is made up of experienced woodsmen and women who regularly hunt the rural landscape near their home and fish the Alabama River. They enlisted help to load the gator on a trailer so it could be transported to the Roland Cooper State Park check station.

Mandy Stokes said the gator is scheduled to be taken to a taxidermy shop. But the Stokes are still weighing their options about what to do with it.

Critical thinking challenge: Why was it easier to measure the length than the weight?

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COMMENTS (65)
  • SavannahSe-Moo
    8/22/2014 - 11:56 a.m.

    I'm just glad its dead and no one got hurt in the process of catching it! I wouldn't want to be around it, at all. It's huge!!

  • EmmalyR-Moo
    8/22/2014 - 11:56 a.m.

    I can only imagine what they were thinking when they caught it. I think that it is super cool that somebody had the opportunity to catch an alligator that big. I hope they enjoy it!

  • MackenzieR-Moo
    8/22/2014 - 11:57 a.m.

    That is a huge alligator. I wonder how they got the alligator. The Stokes' family must be really proud. 1,011.5 pounds is a lot for an alligator.

  • KarleeP-Moo
    8/22/2014 - 11:57 a.m.

    Wow! I have never seen one that big! That's really shocking! But I'm not a fan of killing animals if they have not done any harm to me. I get that sometimes you have to do it anyways. I have never heard of an alligator's stomach that big before!

  • AlysonW-Moo
    8/22/2014 - 11:58 a.m.

    Wow! A 15 foot gator. That's huge, I have heard of a 14 foot gator in Florida. I don't like that they killed the alligator, they could have called an animal rescue program to take it. they could have put it in a glass room and make it look like were it came from. this reminds me of the show "Gator Boys" which they same alligators.

  • LexyH-Moo
    8/22/2014 - 12:01 p.m.

    Wow...that is one huge alligator!!! I am very surprised that they could catch it with only 5 People! I am also surprised they had to use a back hoe!

  • JamieE-Moo
    8/22/2014 - 12:07 p.m.

    That is a big gator. It weighs a lot. If I found the gator it would probably get mounted. I don't think that they should kill the gators because one day they might become extinct.

  • AlecB-Moo
    8/22/2014 - 12:08 p.m.

    Finding and also killing an alligator that big and that long is rare. That alligator could easily eat a child or a mid sized human. this article is interesting and mind blowing.

  • JackB-Moo
    8/22/2014 - 12:09 p.m.

    That is a big gator. Just imagine how much gator you could eat. I think that it would be cool to catch a gator like that.

  • NathanC-Moo
    8/22/2014 - 12:11 p.m.

    Thats a big gator. I like the tractor thats holding it though! thats probably a John Deere 3250 or something like that. Thats a cool article.

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