Hunters kill record-breaking alligator after all-night battle
Hunters and the alligator
Hunters have killed the longest alligator ever found in Mississippi – more than 4.3m (14ft 3in) and weighing 364kg (57 stone).
The local wildlife department said the male was “harvested” on the Yazoo River and that its length was a state record.
It congratulated the four men who hunted the animal, Tanner White, Don Woods, Will Thomas and Joey Clark.
Pictures on Facebook show them measuring the alligator with the animal’s huge head turned towards to the camera.
Mr Woods said the battle to capture and kill the alligator began at 9pm and lasted seven hours through the night, resulting in multiple broken fishing lines.
“He dictated everything we did. It was exhausting, but your adrenaline is going so you don’t notice it,” Mr Woods told the Clarion Ledger.
“It was more mentally exhausting than anything because he kept getting off.”
The animal was caught at the weekend – at the start of Mississippi’s hunting season – a 10-day window during which permit holders can hunt a specified number of alligators in each area. -Sky News