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Record Alligator Caught In Alabama

Updated: Tuesday, August 19 2014, 11:45 AM CDT
WILCOX COUNTY, AL (WKRG)--An Alabama alligator is making news all around the world.  It's so big, it almost looks fake.  But, a group of hunters can tell you, it's definitely not.

Just take a look at this guy. Just looking at one of his feet gives you an idea of how massive the gator is. It weighed in at over 1,000 pounds and is over 15 feet long.

It could be the largest gator ever caught on record.

Rex Courtney is friends with Kevin Jenkins, who was part of the team that wrangled the gator onto the boat.  A feat that took over five hours. "You know the adrenaline starts flowing and you do what you gotta do" says Courtney.

No doubt, Wilcox County will be the target of every serious gator hunter.

Residents in the area say they're proud of the claim and the focus will be good for the economy.   "Now there's a lot of people coming around and it should be good for everybody, kind of pick the economy up a little bit," says Al Hargreaves, Manager of Miller's Ferry Marina and Restaurant.

And some want to see more of these big guys caught.  "I think they need to put out more tags for gator hunting, I don't think there's enough in this area and there's a lot of alligators out here," says Justin Nowling.

The family that caught the gator will be holding a press conference Tuesday night to talk about what they're going to do with it.

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