A large alligator (A. mississippiensis), referred to as a “behemoth”, has been killed by authorities concerned about the risk to farm animals in Florida.
The large reptile apparently measured 15 feet long and weighed an immense 800 pounds. It is not too far away from the largest alligator ever recorded (which was 15 feet, 9 inches long and weighing over 1000 pounds). The alligator was said to be as large as a small tractor. An average adult American alligator’s length is 13.1 feet.
However, Tony Young, spokesman for the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, said that the ‘gator would not have an official measurement :
“Because it’s not going to beat the record.”
The alligator was killed by an alligator hunting team, assembled between local authorities and farmers, with a high powered rifle.
Lee Lightsey, the hunter that took down the beast, told BBC News:
“What really drew our attention to this animal was the fact that it seems to have been feasting on the cattle on my farm, because mutilated body parts were found in the water.”
He then added, justifying the killing:
“It was a monster which needed to be removed.”
According to NewsMax, Outwest Farms, plan to donate the gator’s meat to charity and taxidermy the animal for display.