Saturday, December 2 2023

An 800-pound alligator has been captured in South Carolina, one of the largest caught in the state in recent years.

Jonathan Smith and finance Melissa Davis pulled in the gator after fighting it for hours on Lake Marion last Saturday, The Times and Democrat of Orangeburg reported. It was 12-feet 10-inches long and weighed 809 pounds.

Jay Butfiloski of the Department of Natural Resources said there’s no official listing of the largest alligators caught in the state. He says some people estimate the sizes and weighing the large animals is an inexact science.

A Massachusetts woman reported trapping a 1,025-pound alligator six years ago while a 755-pound gator was caught last year – both on Lake Marion.

Smith’s alligator will be stuffed and the meat donated to charity.

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