CLAIBORNE COUNTY, Miss. – Alligator hunters in Mississippi hauled in a record-breaking reptile, a 727-pound gator.
It was the second record-breaker caught this past weekend and it’s only the beginning of state’s alligator season.
The record holder was caught near where the Big Black River empties into the Mississippi River in Claiborne County Sept. 1.
Ironically this one broke a record set just an hour and a half earlier by Beth Trammel of Madison, Mississippi, in the Yazoo Diversion Canal.
The record gator is two inches shy of the record set in 2008 of 12-feet, 6.5-inches set on the Pascagoula River.
Ricky Flynt, alligator program coordinator for the Department of Wildlife, Fisheries and Park was asked about why gators are getting so big.
“Uh, they’re very long-lived animals,” he said. “We know they can live 50, 60 years in captivity, so who knows how long they can live in the wild. I expect one to break 14 feet one day.”
Dustin Bockman, a UPS driver from Vicksburg, Mississippi, now holds the alligator weight record.
“He broke all the lines we could get in him,” Bockman said. “Finally got a snare on him and pulled him up high enough and got a shot on him. All in all, it probably took four, probably about four and a half hours to actually catch him from the first time we saw him.”