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Hunters Harvest Mississippi State-Record Alligator

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Hunters Harvest Mississippi State-Record Alligator

Posted 2023-08-28

The massive reptile measured over 14 feet long and weighed 802.5 pounds

A massive alligator captured and killed in Mississippi has broken the state record.

According to Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks, Tanner White, Don Woods, Will Thomas, and Joey Clark took the alligator on Saturday, August 26, 2023, in the West Central Alligator Hunting Zone.

"He measured 14 feet and 3 inches long, with belly girth of 66 inches and tail girth of 46.5 inches," officials wrote on Facebook. "He weighed 802.5 lbs!"

According to SuperTalk Mississippi Media, the last alligator to hold the record was caught in 2017, measured 14 feet and 3/4 inches long, and weighed 766.5 pounds – a good bit smaller than the new state record.

Mississippi authorized a public alligator sport hunting season in 2005. Today, the season lasts 10 days and allows permit holders to harvest two alligators over 4 feet long, with only one of them allowed to be longer than 7 feet.

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