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Texans Snare 'State Record' 880-pound, 14-foot Alligator With 'Secret Recipe Of Chicken And Some Other Stuff'
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LUFKIN, Texas -- A Lukin man and his friends can certainly attest to the saying that everything's bigger in Texas after snagging what may be a state record alligators.

Justin Wells of Lufkin, Tom Bass of Dallas, Jarrett Hanus of Spring and Ryan Haltom of Houston set the baits together Thursday night at the Gospel Ranch, which is about five miles outside of Trinity.

"It was the experience of a lifetime, and I'm glad (Ryan) took me out there on it," said Wells, a Lufkin High School graduate and SFA forestry student. "I don't think we'll ever catch one bigger than that."

"We'd gotten word back in the spring time that there was a big gator out there," said Haltom, a wildlife biologist and land management consultant, "so me and Tommy had gone out there several times and scouted and seen quite a bit of gator activity and videotapes of gators."

Ranch manager Larry Denson had spotted the big gator, prompting them to get tags for the season, and Thursday night was just "kind of a last-minute deal before the season was over," Haltom said.

Using the hook-and-line method, the group anchored a rope to a tree, left enough rope so the gator could run with it, and hung a 14-ought treble hook about a foot above the water with their own "secret recipe of chicken and some other stuff."

"We can't let too many secrets out of the bag," Haltom said.

When they showed up Friday morning, they had a line in the water, but when they started pulling on it, it was tangled. Not knowing whether the gator was dead or alive, the four slowly made their way through the 6- to 7-foot-deep water to untangle the gator and tie some ropes around him to drag him out. But they quickly discovered it wasn't going to be that easy.

"He drowned himself," Wells said. "We believe he just dove underneath the water and got tangled up in a stump, and gators have to come up for air every 15 minutes, so we were pretty sure he was dead, but we still weren't sure."

"Once we figured out he was dead and he wasn't going to get us," Haltom said, "we started diving down and feeling on him and we realized he was big. We could stand on top of him and we were head and shoulders above the water. That's when we knew he had to be a big guy.

"The scales kind of change. On his belly there's big, slick scales, or tiles, and as you get toward their mouth it gets into some softer leather, and we got to feeling around and thought, 'OK, this is his mouth.' But when we got to tying him up, we realized it wasn't his mouth — it was his leg."

They broke a 400-pound test rope before realizing that "a truck and a rope wouldn't do it," eventually enlisting the help of a tractor and some chains to finally get the gator out of the water. Next it was off to ranch headquarters to clean him up, hang him for a measurement by Texas Parks and Wildlife, then place him in the bed of a truck filled with ice for the trip to the taxidermist for a full life-size mount.

"You couldn't tell what we had in the bed of the truck because we had a ton of ice on him," Haltom said. "We went and cleaned Brookshire Brothers out. We had 400 pounds of ice on him."

"I get excited right now just thinking about it," Haltom said. "When I reached down there and grabbed that claw and we got to looking at each other, we were jumping around, high-fiving, and we were actually saying the words, 'state record.'"

The gator wound up weighing in at 13 feet, 10 1/2 inches long and 880 pounds. And while they don't know yet whether their gator is an official state record — "Until I see it on a piece of paper from Parks and Wildlife, I'm just going to say it's a potential," Haltom said — the guys had some heavy celebrating to take care of over the weekend.

"We immediately drove to Houston and went to Beeville to go dove hunting and celebrate," Haltom said. "And we were tired puppies, let me tell you.

"It's going to be in the record books. We just don't know if it's going to be the state (hook-and-line) record."

"Not knowing what we were getting into when we were walking into the water, it was an adrenaline rush," Wells said, "and when we finally figured out how big it was, you just can't even describe the feeling."

Although Haltom said the four set the baits together and worked to get the gator out, Bass will be written down as the hunter. Once the mount is done, the guys intend to donate it to a museum or find some place to display it.


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Sad that they felt the need to kill it, but probably best something with a mouth bigger than a human torso isn't out free around animals and children.
   comment# 1   - Kat · Charlotte, NC · Oct 3, 2007 @ 6:18pm

Sad. I'm beginning to realize there is NO hope of saving this planet's other lifeforms as we've never evolved to the point of respecting other living things. As a former hunter/fisherman I have lived on both sides-of-the-fence and I have many regrets of my own. I wonder what Steve Irwin would've said to these fellows ?
   comment# 2   - Andy McGowan · Saltspring, B.C. Canada · Oct 3, 2007 @ 6:28pm

I'm willing to bet that Steve Irwin got more people killed or injured because they thought it was safe to act the way he did around animals than these guys have killed gators.
   comment# 3   - person · stony brook NY · Oct 3, 2007 @ 7:18pm

What a bunch of stupid rednecks. Just because something is big they have to kill it?
   comment# 4   - Jason · Louisville · Oct 3, 2007 @ 8:21pm

whoa! thats one big gator! nice job guys!
   comment# 5   - thomas paler · cagayan de oro city philippines · Oct 4, 2007 @ 12:02am

Stupid rednecks. Keep killing all the old sharks and gators. This world is doomed.
   comment# 6   - scartlett090 · chicago · Oct 4, 2007 @ 5:37am

Are you kidding me?! Don't these people have anything better to do with their time...? Can't believe these guys are so proud of themselves for drowning a gator in absentia. What a senseless death...
   comment# 7   - KW · orlando, fl · Oct 4, 2007 @ 8:55am

Whats most astounding to me is how some ignorant rednecks celebrated killing a wild animal for a trophy and no type of subsistence whatsoever by then going to kill more helpless animals. "We immediately drove to Houston and went to Beeville to go dove hunting and celebrate,"
   comment# 8   - Rob · New York, New York · Oct 4, 2007 @ 11:27am

This is Pathedic. Though these creatures tend to have a large bite and apetite, they were here first. they are older than dinosours and im willing to bet this one was about 30-40 years old. This is really sad. These people really need something better to do. It is not a sport to hunt such anciet creatures. It is wrong.
   comment# 9   - samantha · united states · Oct 4, 2007 @ 12:33pm

Wow. You hung a line, went home, abused your wives,and then came back in the morning. Sounds like a tough kill. Good work cowards.
   comment# 10   - Rich · Washington DC · Oct 4, 2007 @ 1:05pm

I wrote a whole 2 paragraphs on this earlier when I first read this article. But I guess I was too abusive in the language I used to describe these morons! What a way for an animal who probably has been the king of his domain for the last 40 years to die. Tangled in rope and drowned to death! It is extremely fustrating that I can't express the way I feel about these 4 redneck hicks! I just hope the next time they are wading across a pond/lake/river in Texas, this crocs' offspring returns the favor, if you catch my drift! What a bunch of pansies!
   comment# 11   - Brendan Maas · Philadelphia, PA · Oct 4, 2007 @ 1:29pm

WHATS AMAZING is that you tree hugging computer whacks think the world is doomed because of actions like these, never mind the chemical plants that are killing the fresh water supplies,OR the commercial fishing co. OR anything else that supplies your plastics your computer parts and anything else that makes life more conveniant for you, you just all Whine and act apalled at men that live real lives and enjoy it while we are here. they probably contribute $1000's of dollars more then any of you to wildlife conservation. stupid tree huggers,, keep on fishing its great family sport
   comment# 12   - Robert Rolin · Onalaska ,Texas · Oct 4, 2007 @ 4:28pm

Pathetic. Why kill such a great animal. Just goes to show ya what happens to people when the government kills funding for the arts.
   comment# 13   - SP · LA, USA · Oct 4, 2007 @ 5:22pm

I understand the need to control the alligator population, but unusually large specimens such as this one should be off limits to hunters. Alligators are canabalistic and a large one like this was helping control the population. I see no honor in killing this apex predator.
   comment# 14   - Bud · Dallas, TX. USA · Oct 4, 2007 @ 7:26pm

These people would probably pose for a photo with a dead person. Idiots.
   comment# 15   - Blueplanet · London · Oct 5, 2007 @ 7:12am

The fact that the negative responses far outweigh congratulatory remarks suggests that there may be some hope after all. Keep it up.
   comment# 16   - Nevyn O'Kane · Chicago, IL USA · Oct 5, 2007 @ 2:31pm

Ah well, the crocs and gators will still be around long after we humans become extinct. Nature wins in the end.
   comment# 17   - David · Australia · Oct 6, 2007 @ 1:25am

I live in Florida and live around some big 'gators. A 14'is a man eater. Would you rather your child or pet be eaten? You bleeding heart animal people are pathetic. And living in SE Texas makes you a redneck? Come on down south and find out for yourself.
   comment# 18   - Ray · Okinawa, Japan · Oct 7, 2007 @ 3:00am

I am and always have been an animal lover but in this case am glad this guy is out of the water. I know for a fact that there are many church camps in this area, as my children have gone to them. I know at these camps they allow the kids to get in the water (which is unbelievable to me, but they do). So this guy needed to go. Sorry!
   comment# 19   - Grace · Houston USA · Oct 7, 2007 @ 8:51pm

So we are doomed because they caught an alligator?! Now that's funny!!! You call these men idiots and say they need something to do? And here you are writting a blog about them....who really needs something to do??? Most of you have "dogged" these men for killing this animal...put it in your lake at your lakehouse where your children, nieces, nephews and other small children fish, play and have Thanksgiving dinner and see just how "loving" you are then! A animal lover of all kinds i am and will always be...but...I do know when im up against something much hungrier than i am! Sad that it couldn't be caught alive and put in YOUR pond or lake to be able to see it live!
   comment# 20   - Jodi · Houston · Oct 8, 2007 @ 1:36pm

These creatures have been around since the dinosaurs, they have every right to be in the same ponds/lakes/rivers as we CHOOSE to enjoy. If your scared of your kid or pet being eating by one of these animals, keep a better eye on them, and keep them away from areas where big gators have been known to frequent! Just because we are fearful of something doesn't mean we should kill it. Educate yourself people, soon this planet is going to be a barren wasteland, occupied by materialistic people, with no hint of the beautiful wildlife we are fortunate enough to enjoy right now! People like Ray, your comments are outdated!
   comment# 21   - Brendan Maas · Philadelphia, PA · Oct 9, 2007 @ 1:43pm

I will add (to my comments above) that it is sad they had to kill the alligator. If they could have caught it alive and taken it somewhere where it could live out its life and people could have enjoyed the magnificence of it. I realize they could have left it there to live out its life but something that size could have been at a zoo for people to enjoy and to keep it safe. I will agree with Brendan that people should keep an eye on their kids and pets but there are still "idiots" that let their kids play in the water and camps that want that almighty dollar and say, "well, we've never had a problem with alligators". People send their kids to these camps from all over the states and have no idea that these alligators are here. Who will be the sacrificial child....sad isn't it....not mine!
   comment# 22   - Grace · Houston USA · Oct 9, 2007 @ 3:22pm

The fact that alligators or crocodiles have been here for millions of years is irrelevent. Humans not animals rule this world. We dont live in jurassic park,, wake up! Most of your pathetic whining about this giant alligator is coming from people who dont live surrounded by these dangerous animals AND DONT KNOW WHAT YOU ARE TALKING ABOUT. In Texas alligators ARE protected but the Wildlife department does issue a few Permits to hunters to regulate the population to some degree. Where I live, which is right on a lake they have over populated the creeks and bayous. I see them every week just going to work, theres one big 14 footer my friends that live near brushy creek have named george. Now the lake I live by is a man made lake, this is not their natural waterway, they have migrated or moved in here within the last 27 years that is how old this lake is. THIS lake was made for the surrounding communities, humans, not alligators but we co-exist and thats OK,BUT the texas department of wildlife biologists do research, keeps tabs on things and knows and allows harvesting of some gators BUT YOU ALL KNOW MORE THEN THEY DO RIGHT,,, GET a real life and let the experts do their jobs,IF THIS EARTH BECOMES A BARREN WASTELAND IT WILL BE DUE TO CHEMICAL PLANTS, NUCLEAR WASTE AND BIG CORPS. NOT SPORTSMEN,,,, by the way keep on fishing its great family sport
   comment# 23   - Robert Rolin · Onalaska ,Texas · Oct 9, 2007 @ 5:38pm

A gator that large wd surely be a menace to any other gator in its area, they are nototrious cannibals...A hundred little gators can breathe a lot easier now.
   comment# 24   - Philip Averbuck · Florida, USA · Oct 16, 2007 @ 7:41pm

Bingo, Robert, well said
   comment# 25   - Vonelsk · Abilene, Texas · Oct 17, 2007 @ 6:48am

Ok first off theres nothing sporty about throwing a rope with some secret sauce on it in the water walking away from it and drowning a big gator. You want to do something sporty go jump in the water and try to kill it with your bare hands. There isnt too many big gators left cause idiots like this have killed them. If you dont want to be around gators then move. I would bet theres houses around texas thats not near any water.You want to swim go swim in a pool.
   comment# 26   - john · baltimore md · Oct 17, 2007 @ 2:18pm

Theres lots of big gators left. Not to many in say Baltimore but there is plenty of crime there. Isnt that enough to keep you worried about the state of things, skillet head. If you want to see gators you have to go to the zoo or you probably see lots of them on TV. Come on down here and we can show you plenty of big gators for real. You call these men idiots but their college students and graduates trapping with the blessings of a wildlife biologist that works for the state. Try and find a cause you know something about john from baltimore. I enjoy seeing gators on a regular basis. I also enjoy eating them from time to time.
   comment# 27   - Robert Rolin · Onalaska ,Texas · Oct 18, 2007 @ 6:05am

Skillet head? I guess thats the best a good ole boy from texas can do. I guess you got a good ole Texas eduacation also. Just cause I dont live somewhere where theres gators at doesnt mean I dont any thing about the subject. You seem to know theres a lot of crime here. But you dont live anywhere around here.
   comment# 28   - john · baltimore md · Oct 21, 2007 @ 12:52pm

Well thank you john. And yes thats about all you worked up in me. Skillet head about sums it up just fine. Obviously you don't know much about alligators size,population or the harvesting of them. There are plenty of large alligators around,not just in Texas but La.,Alabama,Miss,Florida, Puerto rico, Mexico,etc etc..
   comment# 29   - Robert Rolin · Onalaska ,Texas · Nov 6, 2007 @ 7:25pm

"There are plenty of large alligators around,not just in Texas but La.,Alabama,Miss,Florida, Puerto rico, Mexico,etc etc.. " And control of the population by legal harvesting suits me just fine..Correct me if I am wrong but all the places you just mentioned in the continental US..allow harvest. must be a reason for keeping nature in balance. Now just for you.. john · baltimore md ·who wrote" But you dont live anywhere around here. " John..Don't you live in a region where folks don't understand the importance of vaccinations for their kids prior to sending them to school on your own back yard please ..Check recent news about the guy that ran from law enforcement this week in the Glades..I am glad that the gator that was dispatched had not harmed someone else..and he wasn't close to a 14 footer. OBTW I got a pond near my house you can go swimming in.
   comment# 30   - RD · Palmetto FL · Nov 15, 2007 @ 5:31am

In Australia if a croc is near human settlement threatening people, it is captured and taken to croc parks. These guys deserve their own heads mounted on someones wall. When will people learn?
   comment# 31   - ace · sydney · Dec 2, 2007 @ 5:17pm

This was a legal harvest of an alligator. Your right" when we people learn" when will they learn that we must harvest some animals to keep there from being tragedies and problems with over populating and diseases just to mention a few reasons.
   comment# 32   - Robert Rolin · Onalaska ,Texas · Dec 4, 2007 @ 3:40pm

   comment# 33   - george · batonrouge la · Dec 10, 2007 @ 4:03pm

Well said Robert Rolin. I can't say I know much about alligators (seeing as to how I don't live anywhere near any) but it drives me crazy when everybody gets up in arms over something like this. As you said, if our environment gets destroyed its NOT going to be because somebody hunted a few alligators... we have much bigger problems. And besides, if killing that alligator saved the life of even one child it's far more than worth it.
   comment# 34   - Dave · ON Canada · Dec 11, 2007 @ 10:13pm

Even if I disagree with some of your opinions I hope ALL A Merry Christmas!
   comment# 35   - Robert Rolin · Onalaska, Texas · Dec 14, 2007 @ 8:55pm

Wow thats a prety big gator im so sad they had to kill it but i guess it was for the best woah that mouth is big it could probbaly swollow 2 people at the same time but i love you gators
   comment# 36   - Emani · la california · Jan 14, 2008 @ 7:58pm

those men deserve no form of congratulations. They put a hook in the water and let the animal drown itself
   comment# 37   - John Doe · Tarrant county Tx, · Jan 17, 2008 @ 2:23pm

Thats a big boy but you should not of done him like that, a quick death would of been more respectable. He's ancient and didnt deserve that.
   comment# 38   - Ryan Swiney · Tarrant County, Texas · Jan 18, 2008 @ 2:14pm

I agree that there is a need to control population and big animals and harvesting animals, however I totally disagree with the way that they did it. There is absolutely no sport in it. Set a hook and let it drown. It is sad.
   comment# 39   - ws · dallas · Jan 19, 2008 @ 9:36am

they didn't kill it, it drowned itself lol
   comment# 40   - joe sciba · granbury, usa · Feb 8, 2008 @ 9:21am

Perhaps the complainers on this story should swim freely with live natural gators. Surely the love you display for them would subside their natural predatory sensibilities. After all animals are perfect and humans are scum; unless of course you are a human who is a liberal who never leaves the home. Good catch, and the gator was too big not to be dangerous. In all seriousness we should curtail any gator that is above six foot and near humans. Florida recently has a lot of issues with the gator population, and had to open up hunting season once again. There is nothing wrong with population control, and it is needed unless you are suggesting that gators are more important than humans.
   comment# 41   - Bilky · Tx · Mar 4, 2008 @ 2:01pm

u guys suck saying how bad it was that they killed the gator look at it this way "the worlds a safer place" i wish all those gators died i mean seriously i could swim across my canal which has a 15 ft plus gator
   comment# 42   - ??????? · orlando · Mar 5, 2008 @ 3:19pm

this is for robert rolin from texas your such an less than intelligent person have a windge about your gators will ya come to AUS nd watch us jump in the water with our crocs (twice the size of your gators) catch them nd RELOCATE THEM oooo your such a bigman drowning them to death your just scared of them learn bout them them u miht actually respect them personally i think there great
   comment# 43   - aaron · Australia · Mar 13, 2008 @ 4:08pm

You couldn't stand the heat here "mate" let alone any of our gators. Just because Steve and a few other good men can handle them doesn't make you all cowboys. I'm not scared of gators by the way but do have respect for them and I'm all for population control and I like eating them sometimes. Drowning, shooting, stabbing, how they actually die is splitting hairs and sounds like sissy crying if you ask me. Now thats just my opinion
   comment# 44   - Robert Rolin · Onalaska, Texas · Mar 14, 2008 @ 6:46pm

Ive read alot of these comments on here and im confused.. Some people are saying that we shouldn't kill the gators because they have been here longer.. well its call adaptation. look it up.. it means "to do whatever you have to do to survive. ie.. kill scat before it kills you... do you not know how many children die each year from alligators? i take it you don't because your acting this way.
   comment# 45   - Shon · Lufkin, TX · Apr 2, 2008 @ 4:17pm

Golly, you should have called in the "Spear Chunker", Gene Morris - he has more than 100 gators (some 11 & 12-footers on his spear tally (harpoon). Hunted in Florida swamps.
   comment# 46   - Sharon Henson · Georgetown, Texas · Apr 16, 2008 @ 9:02pm

I definitely agree with Robert...though i do not live anywhere near alligators because it is far too cold for them here. I do say that it is in the natural order to control animal populations no matter how it was killed...and FYI...if you think hooking and baiting a 14 foot alligator is cowardess i'd love to hear from anyone of you how you would perform the capture of one of these monster dinosaurs.
   comment# 47   - Scott · Calgary, Canada · May 5, 2008 @ 6:50pm

I wish people would respect everything living instead of feeling the need to kill it. It's one thing to kill an animal to feed your family but to kill an animal because of an ego boost is bullshit.
   comment# 48   - sky r. · tahoe vista, usa · May 6, 2008 @ 4:01pm

too bad the alligator didn't kill the hunters so they couldn't return to their wife and children i would have laughed if i heard that in the news
   comment# 49   - John · Colonia, New Jersey · May 6, 2008 @ 5:10pm

listen to all these tree hugging idiots. they do not know anything about hunting or fishing,or how much we, the hunters and fisherman do for the world. good job guys thats a nice gator, i would've liked to have got him with my bow. ignore these stupid bird watching,tree hugging idiots.m aybe your next gator will be bigger.
   comment# 50   - michael pyle · kennard tx · May 6, 2008 @ 6:48pm

Thanks Mr. Pyle, I love it how these guys know nothing about gators, hunting, or fishing, OR the fact 80% of habitat conservation and restoration projects in the US are funded by hunters. Un-educated opinions are great... not really. I'm actually headed today to walker county today to catch another gator. This time though I'm planning on relocating it to better habitat and out of the way of some people. I just happened to get on here and check out if people were still griping about this. Pretty Funny. Take care and adios
   comment# 51   - Ryan Haltom · Houston, Texas · May 16, 2008 @ 8:19am

nice gator! and to the dude sayin we need to be more respectfull to the wildlife.. that things lived long enough anyways theres plenty of gators runnin around this world is just fine on wildlife
   comment# 52   - zach · texas · May 18, 2008 @ 4:30pm

The death is indeed unfortunate. An alligator of that size is a wonder of the envirement. Its too bad they had to kill it. But there isnt much else that can be done. American alligators are extremely territorial, so simply moving one to a new area is very difficult, and although he/she was a very large specimen, he would still be fighting many other potentially large gators for territory. As you can guess, two alligators fighting over a plot of land would be much more dangerous than one alligator in its already natural habitat. secondly, tranquilizing and capturing a live alligator is very difficult. they can way in excess of a thousand pounds, so getting enough CC's of tranq into an animal of that size can require multiple injections. Thirdly, getting an air gun with enough power to push a dart through the backplates of a gator would be almost as powerful as a gun.Finding that kind of compressed air power would be pretty difficult. The scales on the back of the gators are meant to act as armor, i would know, i work with these animals everyday. Not to mention trying to move a gator of that size, plus you have to keep it out of the water the second it becomes drowsy, otherwise it will drown. SO you figure you shoot a gator in the middle of a lake, and it immiediatly sinks, due to its weight. how do you get a gator that size off the bottom of the lake at 20 feet deep? so unfortunatly killing it was probubly the only option. We should always respect wildlife
   comment# 53   - Michael · lakeforest, IL · May 18, 2008 @ 6:17pm

First off I would just like to say that this blog is ridiculous. Next how ignorant are those who say redneck. Just because we hunt, fish and live in Texas we must all be rednecks. Just so all of you know all of these men are educated. Texas A&M to be exact. I think a lot of times people like to get up on high horses and talk about stuff they know nothing about. For example this whole situation. All I know is that I swim in lakes and rivers where these animals live and I would rather live than be eaten. You people need to get a grip and actually worry about important things in life.
   comment# 54   - Erin · Nixon, Tx · May 23, 2008 @ 11:21am

its easy to say you'd rather live, but what about the alligator? he's just trying to suvive. part of survival is finding food. shooting alligators for following their natural instincts probably isnt the best idea. but if you think mass extinction will solve problems, then i guess its people like you we should worry about because you are the ones destroying earth. Alligators have been around for 65 million years, since the dinosaurs. they certainly arent going to destroy the world in a period of a hundred years, but i think if we can get enough people like you together, we just might be able to do it before 2100.
   comment# 55   - Michael · Lake Forest, IL · May 23, 2008 @ 7:57pm

Its called population control Michael.It means Harvesting a few gators so they are safer as a species as well as HUMANS. HUMANS being the more important species. This harvesting is vital to the survival of alligators as a whole and the taking of a few is actually good for the rest of them for a number of reasons. How long they have been on earth is totally irrelevant in my opinion.
   comment# 56   - Robert Rolin · Onalaska, Texas · May 24, 2008 @ 10:25pm

Ok fine, but there obviously any "population control" on humans, so what gives us the right to determine how many gators should be considered a healthy population? humans have without a doubt over inhabited our world.
   comment# 57   - michael · lake forest IL · May 27, 2008 @ 5:57pm

Yankees, Gators or great to eat, as well as catfish. Rednecks help control the population of wild animals, gators, white tail deer, wild hogs, and etc. You bunch of tree huggers need to get a life, example; see what happens when you don't kill rat's, you yanks are infested with them. yours truly Mr. Redneck
   comment# 58   - Ron · Conroe TX · May 27, 2008 @ 6:41pm

You people eat everything from pythons to crocodile jerky. You will eat all the exotic, rare and beautiful animals in our planet to savor to your taste buds and gourmet desires until they are all gone and then you will start eating each other and say how nice and tasty the human flesh is. What taste or satisfaction you get from eating alligators and crocodiles and sea snakes? Why don't you start eating rats and mice as to your admission, they are increasing in their population as we are not "killing" them. You can also start eating pariah and street dogs. We have them aplenty in India. You can place order and we will be able to deliver you as much as possible. You people have colonised the new world driven out Red Indians and others now you will make extinct the gators and cougars. What is so heroic about tying a bait and leaving overnight and drowning a hapless animal.
   comment# 59   - Roshanara · Kolkata, India · Jun 10, 2008 @ 2:47am

Mr Zach! Nice thought. Thanks for enlightening us. Does it have no right to live just because it is 40/45 years old. What if there are plenty of gators running around the world. They are far less than human beings who have over-populated the planet. Who are we to determine how much population one should have or how many years an animal or a tree should live. By the way, how old are you?
   comment# 60   - S Shiva Shankar · Kolkata, India · Jun 10, 2008 @ 3:49am

Tragic loss of a great animal. It should have been saved by professional wildlife experts and not by sportsmen who tie a bait and go to sleep overnight.
   comment# 61   - Megha · Chennai, India · Jun 10, 2008 @ 4:09am

Tragic loss of a great predator. They should have captured it alive.
   comment# 62   - Bidisha · Mumbai, India · Jun 10, 2008 @ 4:27am

WE have the right to determine how many alligators, how many deer or any other animal need to be harvested for the good of Humans and respected animals.This is our state and our country, try governing your own country. If I'm not mistaken India is the most populated ( people) country per area in the world. A State wildlife biologist was part of this harvest and is qualified to determine which and how many gators need to be harvested each year. Alligators are not endangered in Texas they are everywhere.Cougars are not endangered either.As for eating rats and dogs I believe I saw them eating them along with other treats such as grasshoppers, roaches, monkey brains and other treats all over Asia on the travel channel. No one has claimed any heroics in this story they just did what needed to be done and had a good time doing it.Do us a favor and eat more rats.
   comment# 63   - Robert Rolin · Onalaska. Texas · Jun 10, 2008 @ 3:41pm

Mr Robert Rolin. Thanks for prompt response."Who" gave you the right to determine how many gators and deers have exceeded their population and hence needs to be culled or harvested. Dont try to play God. An average American has the IQ level of a Standard VII Indian boy. Although we are in Asia, we Indians do not eat grasshoppers or monkeys. A majority of Indians are peace-loving, God-fearing vegetarians who regard each and every animal and plants as Gods. Although many people die every year in India of snake bites, it is a sin to kill cobras or other snakes. I welcome you to India and be my guest at our home at Kolkata and watch your misconceptions and false notions about me, our people, our culture and tradition and our nation as a whole disappear as as fast as the morning dew. May be India is over-populated as it is one of the oldest countries in the world. Maybe our people do not have adequate food to eat as you Americans but do not lack hospitality. As for your suggestion for eating rats, we cannot do that as even it is revered as a sacred animal of yet another Lord Ganesha (the famous Elephant God).
   comment# 64   - Roshanara · Kolkata, India · Jun 11, 2008 @ 10:29pm

Mr Robert Rolin. Stop acting like good ol' gun-totting and trigger-happy cowboy of ancient Texas. 80% of wildlife habitat are funded by hunters and sportsmen. where from you got the figure? From what is transpiring from your previous comments, you have a scant disregard for the beautiful animals in this planet and to conservation of animals as a whole. Basically, it seems you have nothing else to do than to spill filth on whoever opposes your view point and ideas (which is abysmal to say the least). Whoever asked people to swim or jump into the alligator-infested water and get scared. You are going to the jungles and forests, and they are attacking you. They dont come and attack you in the middle of New York city, do they? You would rather be content with eating alligators and crocs, and see them disappear from this beautiful world and watch them in TVs and videos. I do not know what your educational background is, but you should immediately consult a shrink and examine your head and clear it of all crap and garbage.It is obvious that you are unemployed with nothing else to do but to blog your silly and stupid thoughts for getting instant publicity.
   comment# 65   - S Shiva Shankar · Mumbai, India · Jun 12, 2008 @ 12:04am

Mr. or Ms. Roshanara there is no maybe about India being over populated and the fact that it is an older Country and culture isn't the reason. I think any reasonable person can figure that one out. You talk of intelligence but you suggest that we Americans WOULD EAT ALL THE WORLDS ANIMALS THEN EACH OTHER, how ridiculous.Then you insult us further by suggesting we eat rats and dogs from your country, My question is if you regard these animals as sacred why would you suggest anyone eat them? Mr. or MS. S Shiva Shankar the harvesting of this gator had nothing to do with swimming or recreational sports in general it was about population control and advised by a State wildlife biologist. There are no jungles here in the States and our forest are really quite safe. Population control not only will not cause the extinction of any animal but will save an entire species. S Shiva you obviously have know idea what your really spewing about as WELL as the other comments from your country men, if you all want to worship rats and snakes as sacred creatures more power to you but the majority of Americans have other beliefs and should not be insulted or belittled by you for them.
   comment# 66   - Robert Rolin · Onalaska, Texas · Jun 12, 2008 @ 8:20pm

Mr Robert Rolin. Good! The controversy is heating up. When I questioned your intelligence or your feelings about the other animals on this planet, I did not generalise the same to ALL AMERICANS. I have great respect for people like Michael of Lake Forest, Il., who took up the cause of a gators. USA has been explored and inhabited for about 500 years ago whereas India and China has been peopled from time immemorial. Hence, the AGE of a country DOES have a bearing on the amount of population it has. Please brush up your General Knowledge. I am NOT insulting ALL Americans in general, but people like you and Ron of Conroe, Texas who consider gators as delicious to eat as Catfish and Zach who considers that the gator has lived long enough. When I said “WHO” gave “YOU” the right, I DID NOT mean fellow Americans or Australians or Indians, but HUMAN BEINGS in particular, who have overpopulated the planet, destroyed wild animals habitat and made them extinct. Same is the case in India where Tiger population has depleted from 40000 in 19th Century to about 3000 now. I told you to eat dogs out of sarcasm and to convey my disgust about your thoughts. People like myself would rather wish to see Alligators and Tigers in the Wild jungles than on the DINNER tables. May all these magnificent creatures roam freely in the Earth even after we are all gone and forgotten.
   comment# 67   - Roshanara · Kolkata, India · Jun 13, 2008 @ 9:50pm

Mr Robert Rolin. Please do not take up cudgels for fellow Texans or Americans. We have nothing against them. You had stated in your post that you like eating gators and accused others sympathising with the animal of being "skillet head" and "tree-huggers." Stop playing God. If species are increasing in population, nature more often than not keep this under control through the process of Natural Selection and Survival of the Fittest. Lack of food and habitat would automatically reduce the particular population of the species. Human intervention is not always necessary. I am against killing for the sake of Sports or Recreation. Mahatma Gandhi, our Father of the Nation, once said that "Nature has provided enough for every man’s need but NOT enough for every man’s greed. We cannot enforce our beliefs on "FREE PEOPLE" like you but reiterate that other animals who co-habit with us have as much right to live in this world as we have. Would request you to try a course of Oriental Philosophy of the East and your perceptions and thoughts would undergo a sea change.
   comment# 68   - S Shiva Shankar · Mumbai, India · Jun 13, 2008 @ 10:12pm

It is sad, that some of you people try to disgrace the sport of hunting. It is probably you same people that want to ban firearms from the American people. So go ahead and be the Democrat that you are. I know that I will continue to hunt because I enjoy it and cherish it. You people can go ahead and critisize me all you want. But remember, it people like you that have the problem. I would have killed that beast as well. Good Job Fellows, i'm proud of you. Great Kill!!!!!
   comment# 69   - Mike · Biloxi, MS · Jun 20, 2008 @ 10:41am

The whole part of this that is so sad is the fact that this ""Potential State record"" gator had to die. Instead of being relocated somewhere. The 30-40 yr old animal is nothing but HISTORY its self.. I understand that it drowned its self while having a bite to eat because it was tangled in some idiots way of capture, but there are other safer ways of catching something.. Does no one care for catch study and release anymore. The fact that this animal is so large and old and killed at the hands of man is horrible. I'm ashamed for the sport!!
   comment# 70   - Carrie Huggins · Austin, Texas · Jun 22, 2008 @ 10:48am

Congrats to the men that caught the gator. WOW! That was a great kill. To Michael of Lk Forest, regarding your answer to Erin in Texas. "its easy to say you would rather live, but what about the alligator? He's just trying to survive. Shooting alligators for following their instincts" and then you go with "mass extinction solving problems" and people who hunt and people who think hunting is fine are destroying the earth" and then the comment of "getting enough people like you(hunters etc.)together, we just might be able to (destroy the earth) by 2100. Micheal get a grip. This is about some guys who, had a hunting license,caught a giant gator, not mass extinction and the destruction of the world. First of all, you are halfway correct with the idea that alligators are following their natural instincts, eating, eliminating and procreation. Oh yea...breathing is a good thing too. OK? Gators are programed that way. But I doubt if an alligator is much deeper than that. I doubt if they contemplate survival like a human does. I doubt if a gator contemplates anything. In the 1970's the gator population was getting a bit slim due to hunting them for shoes, belts, purses etc, I don't know if anyone was eating them or not.So gators were put on the endangered species list. Since that time gators have multiplied at an astonishing rate. They have been taken of the endangered species list and there are enough of them to allow hunting
   comment# 71   - Brian · Huntersville, NC · Jun 24, 2008 @ 7:54pm

Michael of Lk Forest, IL: I've got some more good news for you "The gators will be fine" they have been around for a long time and will be around for an even longer time. OK Feeling better? The subject of population control for gators and humans. Humans do have population control in the form of condoms, the pill, IUDs, abortion and the morning after pill. I was in high school in the 1970's the book "The Population Bomb by Paul Elrich (I think thats his name) was required reading. So don't worry about that. Now for gator population control, who has the right to make such a decision? Come on Michael...who do you think? Mankind. Mankind had a prob. recognized the prob. and then came up with a solution that would benefit both man and animal. OK? If there is another species capable of that please let us know.
   comment# 72   - Brian · Huntersville, NC · Jun 24, 2008 @ 8:14pm

To Roshanara, S Shiva Shankar-India: I am very surprised at your hateful attitude imposed on Mr. Rolin of TX. He is answering your comments in a curious and knowledgeable way. I am also surprised to think that you are so intolerant of other cultures and countries. So much for being in harmony with the universe. One of you made a comment about hospitality. Well your words are NOT hospitable. Shame on you. The word "rights": please look up in an English dictionary. Does not apply to the animal kingdom. What I think is funny about your argument is that you consider cobras, tigers and all animals as sacred but think humanity is less. You judge a person for instituting animal control by the question "Who made you God?" You stand in judgment over all of mankind for overpopulation and animal rights when your country is guilty of overpopulation and you live in a caste system which there are no human rights. Now who is making themselves out to be God? Don't delude yourself into thinking your taking the moral high road here. You are guilty of all your own accusations.
   comment# 73   - Brian · Huntersville, NC · Jun 24, 2008 @ 9:21pm

To Mike-Biloxi. Go ahead and shoot all the birds and animals like a true Texan of olden times and make them extinct and when your children or grandchildren wants to see them just show them some old pictures or videos or some stuffed animals that you had earlier killed and hope they will be more content & happy seeing them stuffed rather than real. There was a friendly flightless bird called Dodo in Maurities in the 19th Century. When the English colonised the country they clubbed and shot the birds and ate its meat and they had become completely extinct within 80 years. Grow up! You are not living in 16th century. To Brian, Huntersville. Please see 3rd line of my first post. You've just proved your intelligence level. Dont make a saint out of Robert Rolin, Tx. Whoever told you rights apply only to Human beings? Have'nt you heard of Greenpeace and WWF or Worldwide Fund for Nature? Brush up your GK! You are accusing me of being inhospitable but your comments on our countrymen and to Michael, Lake Forest are NOT AT ALL VERY CHARITABLE. It seems like Rolin, you have also got nothing else to do but send 3 posts to vent your hatred on animal lovers like us.
   comment# 74   - Roshanara · Kolkata, India · Jun 25, 2008 @ 10:04pm

Mike-Biloxi and Brian of Huntersville.It seems you people are "Nihil Ultra Crepedarian" a latin phrase meaning "people who do not think beyond their feet." Rolin was not answering comments "in a curious and knowledgeable way" as claimed by you but using expletives like "skillet-head" and "tree-huggers". Is this a very "loving" or "charitable" attitude? He is not a philanthropist instituting 'Animal Control Exercise' or other "benevolent" measures, but a plain Sports Hunter, pure and simple. Your IQ is not better either. I think I clarified I am not having any Hatred against Americans or Australians. Only hatred I am having is for those who do not have enough respect for animals who inhabit the planet with us.Little knowledge is a dangerous thing. Whoever told you Caste system is there in India and no human rights? India is a largest democracy in the world with a fool-proof constitution. C'mon, Brian. Your people ill-treated the Blacks. Your country had also traded and owned Black people as slaves whom you treated worse than animals and tortured them to death. Do you still shoot 'em even now when you see 'em, Brian?
   comment# 75   - S Shiva Shankar · Mumbai, India · Jun 25, 2008 @ 10:33pm

To Brian, Huntersville.I never thought that American people were so intolerant to others views. Otherwise how would you justify Robert Rolin’s statement “This is our State and our Country.Go and govern your own country” and advising other people to “eat more rats” and using words like “tree-huggers” and “skillet-head” Go through his earlier posts. It needs two hands to clap and two wrongs does not make one right. Hope you are reading this Michael, Lk Forest. You are accusing him of being “half-way correct” but I am sorry to say you have been wrong all the way. “Rights” does include “children’s right, animal’s right, among others”. “Right” is a power what a creature ought to possess. Even if “Rights” applies to only humans, “YOUR RIGHT” to hunt should not “DEPRIVE OUR RIGHTS” to watch these animals in their pristine glory in its natural habitat full of life and blood. If you are killing ‘em all the time, how we’re gonna watch it, man? You definitely belong to a hunters lobby, else how you explain 3 mails expressing your craving to hunt and kill. You have asserted how intelligent you are by saying “I doubt if a gator contemplates anything”. As a parting shot, I would like to add that if this is going to be your attitude towards other people’s opinions,then this website should be restricted to “AMERICANS ONLY” or better still “ALL HUNTERS ONLY”and others should not be allowed to view it, let alone express their opinions. So much for your “Free country entertaining free views
   comment# 76   - S Shiva Shankar · Mumbai, India · Jun 26, 2008 @ 2:18am

This is for Brian, Huntersville. I am surprised that you have so much ill-feeling about other creatures and other people. I quote your words “But I doubt if an alligator is much deeper than that. I doubt if they contemplate survival like a human does. I doubt if a gator contemplates anything.” You are right, Brian. Alligators or for that matter, any other species of animals, cannot think beyond their daily food, shelter, survival and procreation. As species, they DO NOT ATTACK species of a country thousands of miles away under the perceived or imaginary threat of it being a security risk to its own species. Nor they have the capability to put Atom bombs on a country destroying it and killing lakhs of people. LIVE AND LET LIVE. You don't need the BRAINS of a ROCKET SCIENTIST to understand this concept. Our countrymen were only making a statement about our planet being overpopulated and about the survival of other species. By doing this, they have not by default become God, as claimed by you. How would you feel, if perchance tomorrow, an alien civilization much more advanced than we are, invade us and starts exterminating us at random, to serve their own whimsical interests? You are right when you state that "no other species is capable like humans". Does that not put an enormous responsibility on our shoulders to be just, fair and ethical to species less endowed in intelligence than us. Hope you get the point, Brian.
   comment# 77   - Megha · Chennai, India · Jun 27, 2008 @ 1:14am

nice gator guys, get a bigger one next time, i got a 9 foot one from florda last year, hoping to get a biger one this year.
   comment# 78   - Allan · Ladoga,Indiana · Jul 2, 2008 @ 4:10pm

Thank you for your intelligent comments through all of this nonsense. As an American, I am disgraced by such morons as "Brian" and Robert Rolin." Typical attitudes that humans only have feelings and animals are ours for the killing.
   comment# 79   - Holly Gannon · Palm Beach, USA · Jul 7, 2008 @ 9:51am

Typical freekin rednecks if there not killing something their not happy, what heroes, congrats losers
   comment# 80   - james · winnipeg canada · Jul 10, 2008 @ 1:44pm

To Roshanara, S Shiva Shanka and Megha, congratulations for arguing your point so eloquently and articulately, it has been a pleasure to read your posts amid the amount of crap written on here about the supposed necessity of hunting, the only reason most people hunt is because they like to kill, just admit it, its nothing to do with population control etc etc, its just that you get some sort of strange satisfaction from something dying - i don't understand it myself but there you go. I'm not going to tell you guys how to live your life, i just find it odd thats all. I went to America a few years back and i really enjoyed my time there, the people were lovely and i look forward to going back but i do find your attitude to hunting and the use of firearms a bit out-dated, i know its all to do with the egalitarian dream your county was founded upon and the individual rights you so vehemently defend but why can't we just enjoy seeing things being alive and flourishing, there is plenty of room to live in America without needing to go swimming in the river and lakes where these alligators and other species live, so just let them be, otherwise you'll end up like it is here in England where most of our natural predators died off many years ago because of over-hunting during the past 2000 years, and thats just sad, we were idiots so please don't be the same as us.
   comment# 81   - mattyboy · England · Jul 11, 2008 @ 3:47am

Takes a real man to kill something with a rope or gun. If these boys think they're real men, perhaps next time they can just swim on out and take the next gator on with their macho bare a "real man". What a bunch of losers!
   comment# 82   - Pup Jones · Atlanta, GA · Jul 11, 2008 @ 3:32pm

Eloquently and articulately what a joke. How about hypocritical, judgemental,and idiotic. This story of harvesting game and many other episodes similiar to these are necessary especially in states such as Texas,Florida, Louisiana and a few other southern states. It has nothing to do with recreational swimming or other recreational sports or fun. But you brainiacs know more then our biologists and wildlife managers. And talk about morons,Holly , these comments from India are from a nut case in Philly. He posts under alias's on every site. Norm. Keep on fishing it's great family sport.
   comment# 83   - Robert Rolin · Onalaska Texas · Jul 11, 2008 @ 6:14pm

Their are women and children being raped everyday, our gas prices are unreal, there are children starving in this world and we are at war, and there are people on here getting mad about an alligator being killed. Now I am starting to see what is wrong this world.
   comment# 84   - Nic · Louisiana · Jul 11, 2008 @ 8:55pm

Thanks for your encouragement, Holly Gannon, Palm Beach, Mattyboy, England and Pup Jones, Atlanta. The sad fact is not an Alligator has died. The sad fact is that such a huge and magnificent animal had to die under such tragic circumstances by drowning. If it was dangerous to people, it could have been captured by some means and sent to some zoo. It would have made any zoo proud. Without being judgmental, we, human beings have hunted the whales and the sharks to such an extent that there are not many Killer Whales and Great White Sharks left in our oceans. Robert Rolin, Onalaska. Do my writings and others from my countrymen sound like a “nut case in Philly” to you? By the way, I do not know where “Philly” is and I am very much an INDIAN from INDIA. Does my pleadings and requests to your countrymen to stop killing rare animals for sports-sake, sound like the ravings and rantings of a madman to you? I am sorry, I am always over-estimating your intelligence. Your IQ is less than a premature-born Orang Utan. To Nic, Louisiana! Raping, killing, and people dying of war or starvation are taking place from time immemorial. Was the gator that died responsible for any of these or the humans who kill them? Should we stop showing sympathy and compassion towards these animals because of this? Please go through the earlier posts.
   comment# 85   - S Shiva Shankar · Mumbai, India · Jul 14, 2008 @ 12:20am

S Shiva Shankar, Have you ever killed or eaten any type of animal?
   comment# 86   - Nic · Louisiana · Jul 15, 2008 @ 7:20pm

To Nic, Lousiana. Thanks for your response. I think I have answered that in my earlier post. We belong to Tamil Brahmin sect of the Hindu religion in which most of the animals and some important trees like Banyan tree, Neem Tree, Peepal tree are considered sacred and incarnations of Hindu mythological Gods and is considered a sin to kill or cut them. We Brahmins neither kill nor eat any animals including eggs, though other sects such as non-brahmins do eat animal food. Trust I have made myself clear.
   comment# 87   - S Shiva Shankar · Mumbai, India · Jul 16, 2008 @ 9:42pm

17 American Alligator related deaths since 1950. 279 dog related deaths in USA since 1985. 802 hunting related human deaths in USA in 2001 alone.??? A gator's diet consists of fish and SMALL MAMMALS. Yeah, gators are a big problem. Why not kill all the Amazon piranha cause my kids want to swim there too. If you really feel the need to take a swim where YOU KNOW alligators live I'd say go swimming anyway: only 17 ALLIGATOR RELATED DEATHS in 58 years. Chances are you won't be attacked. The pro-death folks are right though. Water is man's NATURAL HABITAT, and you have every right to claim it as your own. I guess that I have every right to let my children walk down a dark alley in New York City at 2:00am. I mean, it is their city. And you probably wouldn't find it neccessary to kill anyone else in the alley who MIGHT pose a potential threat. I have a pet American Alligator and have swam with them in the wild and have never been bitten. Not to say that I will never get bitten. Just as I won't say that I won't get killed by someone in an alley (or while hunting in the United States). But I would never kill someone on the off chance that they might kill me, or kill a dog because they might kill me. It is not in a gator's nature to attack a human. It is however in human nature to kill a human.It seems that some people just need any excuse to kill. I guess from these posts we can learn who to steer clear of. It doesn't seem like gators are the ones to watch
   comment# 88   - Jason · Ontario, Canada · Jul 20, 2008 @ 8:43pm

Thanks, Jason of Ontario. You are right. A lot many people get killed by plane crashes or terrorist strikes everywhere. From the start of this blog, when the opinions revolved around anti-alligator syndrome and pro-hunting comments, myself and some of my countrymen have been able to wane away the public sentiments to further the cause of the gators and other types of predators. In doing this, I have had to bear rude comments and mud-slingings from various people questioning my integrity, criticizing my Religion and beliefs, my Country and my people, accused of being “idiotic” &”judgemental” and “a nut case in philly”. I was also alleged to have been writing under various alias’s on every website. I am happy that I have been able to turn the tide of opinions in FAVOUR of the GATORS. But, by doing this, if I am able to save at least one specie of wild animals from extinction, I would consider my labours & pains of writing these posts, more than rewarded. Possibly, this might be ONE OF MY LAST POSTS on this website. Take care, adios, Amigos!
   comment# 89   - S Shiva Shankar · Mumbai, India · Jul 22, 2008 @ 2:00am

S Shiva Shankar, you must not have anything else to do but stay on this post and criticize people for doing something they like to do. I don't know how it is in your country, but here in America to a lot of people hunting and trapping is a heritage. You should go find yourself a hobby and stop judging what people in America like to do.
   comment# 90   - Mike · Biloxi · Jul 30, 2008 @ 1:44pm

S Shiva you have definitely turned the tide in my mind at leat against your supposed religion. Myself and others believed hindus to be full of compassion for animals of all types.It is apparent that your only compassion for human animals are only for the ones whom agree with you. You insulted everyone that did not agree with you, thus some called you judgemental. Then you cried foul when you were insulted back. Hypocrite is to good a word. These animals including the one in this story are under the watch of our wildlife departments, biologists and others. They know alot more of whats going on in our country then "an indian from india" that sounds phony too.
   comment# 91   - K Carson · Arizona · Jul 30, 2008 @ 8:46pm

So many here talk about how humans are the only "species" that doesn't respect life. EVERY other animal kills on instinct alone. It's a part of nature in the REAL world. Problem is too many people live in their own world. Put the doobie and sippy cup down and join us here on Earth for a change. It very well could have been a nuisance animal and they merely "euphanized" it. There, feel better sweethearts?
   comment# 92   - Jeff · Atlanta, GA · Jul 31, 2008 @ 9:28pm

Sorry, Folks. I think I should be back by UNPOPULAR DEMANDS!!! Carson, Arizona. Now, who is being judgmental and rude about somebody else’s religion? At least, please catch up with your English Grammar and your keyboard skills. Being common nouns, the first letters of Hindus, Hinduism, Indian and India deserve to be in Upper Case. TO MIKE, BILOXI. Thanks for encouraging me to stay on this post and telling I “must not have anything else to do but stay on this post and criticize people”. I reiterate I never criticized All Americans or Christians or Christianity which is also a Religion teaching compassion towards everybody.
   comment# 93   - S Shiva Shankar · Mumbai, India · Aug 1, 2008 @ 10:08pm

"Wonn student at the slurpy machine." From the Simpsons if you didn't recognize the line. I don't recall reading if these guys professed to be any religion. S S S From mumbai,I did read you professing to be devout.It doesn't sound like it. How do you repent or do you repent in your "religion". Is your real name Brendan, hey Maas we knew it was you, good one.
   comment# 94   - U S · Every where USA · Aug 3, 2008 @ 7:36pm

she/he is right steve irwin is my hero, and i beilevie he would be so sad at this sight, and steve irwin is a prfessional, and he always tells people never to attemp his moves, so if somone did attemp his moves, there the idiots.
   comment# 95   - katie · maryland · Aug 9, 2008 @ 9:28pm

Bless your heart Katie.
   comment# 96   - Robert Rolin · Onalaska Tx · Aug 11, 2008 @ 10:24pm

Wow,I can't beleive how riled up everyone has gotten over this. Alligators are not endangered and harvesting them is a reasonable solution to keep the population under control. If somebody wants to hunt an 880 lb. reptillian apex predator,I feel they should be allowed to use whatever they want,hook and line,bow and arrow,rifle or bazooka. Personally,I love reptiles and alligators are my favorite. We should be more concerned with the chemicals that are being dumped into our water,that will kill more alligators(and people)than anything else. I would also like to mention that "rednecks" exist in all 50 states,even Baltimore,they just don't have the southern accent. Thumbs up to Mr. Rolin for standing his ground.
   comment# 97   - Woody Black · St. Louis,Michigan · Aug 16, 2008 @ 6:17am

they have no choice. it is for the interest of public safety. that thing could easily swallow a 7 year old whole. besides in every state there is a limit on how big the gators can get before they HAVE to be killed! cut these guys some slack!they did the right thing! u all tell would u feel having a large alligator bite into u! it doesn't feel so good. thrust me....thats what happened to me when i was 10!
   comment# 98   - M.C. · ohio · Aug 19, 2008 @ 6:46am

Hi, i just went on this site after someone sent me an e-mail about a 26 foot gater caught, after being spotted taking a scooby snack home( it eats a full grown buck deer), it's kind of amazing that these size creatures exist, and sad that it should be killed. The great man steve irwin was big into relocating such giants, which i believe was a big success. i do strongly believe there are bigger one's out there, and all the time we insist on over populating and spreading further and further into the wilderness where we are the intruders, and in our arrogance as human beings we then think these animals will just happily move around us without a thought, something as big and as dangerous should be highly respected, they are very intelligent and it is'nt to long before they realise that the strange animal that has moved into there territory is actually dinner!!!! although these crocs and animals like this are very very dangerous they are an important part of the eco system, please croc hunters think before you kill.
   comment# 99   - Joanne · Scotland · Sep 9, 2008 @ 8:08am

Great job guys. I would have killed it too.
   comment# 100   - scott · dover, de, USA · Sep 19, 2008 @ 6:25pm

I'am a fan of hunting. Here in Louisiana I hunt all the time. We have alligators to. So good job. You might have just saved someones life.
   comment# 101   - grady · Norco · Sep 22, 2008 @ 2:21pm

First off, nice Gator!! I live on the Flint river in georgia, which with the help of the chattahoochie river and spring creek, make the famed Lake seminole. In the last few years gators have become so abundant that the D N R. has started giving permits ( lottery system- computer drawing) to thin some of the over populated critters down.Just this week we had a local guy take a near record lizzard nearly 14 feet long. These lottery drawings are not just for local residents, people from other states apply for these tags and get them.This brings people from other states here to spend money in our area.....and helps our economy. Sportsmen are directly responsible for our deer, turkey,ducks,geese, and just about every game animals thriving population today. They havent allways been as plentiful as they are right now!!! Money spent by sportsmen on hunting and fishing license has made this possible. Now to give the tree huggers somethin to get all up in the air about...... " God created man in his own imgage,male and female created he them. and God blessed them, be fruitful, and multiply and replenish the earth, and subdue it:and have dominion over the fish of the sea,and over the fowl of the air,and over every living thing that moveth upon the earth. (Genesis 27,28) WE REDNECKS and hunters and fishermen honestly do not give a tinkers damn about what you tree huggers think or feel about how we live in our own little corner of eden So......Yall have a nice day now ya heah!!!!!
   comment# 102   - Steve Enfinger · bainbridge Ga · Sep 26, 2008 @ 11:04am

I'm all for hunting if it is for subsistence (that means to eat it, use its skin, bones, etc.) but I will never understand the "sport" or enjoyment of killing something just to kill it. These "hunters" have no intention of eating that gator; it says in the article, the carcass is going straight to the taxidermist...that is what I call a waste. Just as a note to you fundamentalist religious types who think God gave man the right to rape the planet of its natural resources, keep in mind that other Christians (including myself) interpret "having dominion over ... every living thing that moveth upon the earth" as meaning, humans are to be the stewards of God’s creation (that means to protect and care for,) not the obliterators of it.
   comment# 103   - Mr. T · Arcata, CA, USA. · Oct 2, 2008 @ 11:58am

I cannot stand to hear someone bash another guy for what he enjoys. If these guys are within legal bounds then who cares. You don't see guys like this all over the internet bashing tree huggers. Thats because they have better things to do with their lives instead of worrying about someone else's.
   comment# 104   - robert · houston. texas · Oct 5, 2008 @ 7:20pm

You gator huggers need to get a clue. That predator needs to be boots, belts, purses, clutches, wallets, heck a hat would be alright. Maybe even some bling seats for an escalade... anything but out there ready to eat your dog or kid.
   comment# 105   - Bronson · Katy, texas · Oct 7, 2008 @ 6:15pm

Nice try, Steve Enfinger! You sure have a sadistic way of justifying your cruelty and perceptions about other animals that move about in this planet of ours. Hunters help in "thriving population of every game animals." You quote centuries-old text Genesis to justify Man's CONTROL over other animals. Please note that the Muslim text Quran also quotes that "there is no God EXCEPT ALLAH." It also goes to say that Non-believers (meaning non-Muslims) are Kaafirs (Infidels) who should be tortured and killed, till they accept Muslim Religion as their own. If you believe in the writings of Genesis, would you also believe this trash also written thousands of years ago by a nomad living in an Arabian desert? These religious texts were written in different contexts and in a period when world as we see it now, was very different. A lot of water has flowed down the bridge since these writings. Hundreds of plants, birds and animals have become extinct because of over-hunting and depredation of their habitats, global warming etc. by human encroachments. Your country which is in economic turmoil now, is now a witness to what thoughtless consumerism and excessive creation of unnecessary wants can play havoc to a society and world at large. Recklessness and carelessness should be replaced by deep introspection and corrective actions to SAVE OUR PLANETS AND ANIMALS FROM DESTRUCTIONS FROM TROPHY HUNTERS.
   comment# 106   - S Shiva Shankar · Mumbai, India · Oct 10, 2008 @ 10:11pm

all of ya'll talking scat about these guys, when it could have been one of ya'lls kids or family member inside of the stomach of that thing! so all you people sitting around having tea and crumpets , shut the procreate up cause you dont know a damn thing about texas.
   comment# 107   - shelbie · lufkin,tx · Oct 21, 2008 @ 9:00pm

The problem with all this mudslinging and the name-calling, it's all very dressed up to make it look intelligent and sophisticated. It's not. All that is happening is a bunch of people who probably don't even know each other are arguing vehemently about ONE SINGLE ANIMAL AND ANYTHING THAT MAY BE RELATED TO THAT ANIMAL in a VERY un-intelligent way. it's basically a childish fight between children who may or may not understand what they are talking about. There are more important topics in the world today, like environmentalism, terrorism, decentralization, and pseudontestablishmentarianism.( Yes, I like big words). What nobody seems to comprehend is the fact that these conversations ALL seem to be purposly bashing someone else they don't know. Everyone needs to GET OVER THEMSELVES and talk like reasonable, intellectual adults. or they can degenerate into a barrel of rabid, egocentric monkeys posting as many hate-posts as possible, like seen here. The most important thing of this conversation is, like only a few of you did, is to BACK UP YOUR INFORMATION! Nothing can be taken for credit if it is only based of off feelings or beliefs. Nobody, and I repeat, NONBODY, is right 100% of the time. Shiva Shankar, it's not nice to bash someone else's religion when your own religion wasn't always nice. Look at the crushing by elephants India did. What if people said India had mistreated it's elephants in the past? How would you like that?
   comment# 108   - the next president · inside your mind · Oct 28, 2008 @ 2:45pm

great catch guys!!!i live here in orlando where we have huge gators in lake george and lake jessup with sizes easily over 12'.a couple years back we have 3 alligator related deaths in 1 week...what will u tell the families of those JOGGERS WHO DIED?so to u people who are bashing these guys,get a life and stop worrying about what other people do,and get of ur computer.....GO NOLES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
   comment# 109   - vicktor · orlando,fl · Nov 7, 2008 @ 10:08am

I grew up with a swamp behind my house and I have been chased by gators before, more than once. Usually they're afraid of humans. They won't attack you unless they feel threatened or because some less than intelligent person has fed them which makes them associate food with people. Theres no need to kill them unless that happens. Its not like these boys were in a very populated area either, I doubt there were loads of kids running around the place all the time. And noles boy...GO GATORS!!!
   comment# 110   - Kirsty · Jacksonvile, FL · Nov 25, 2008 @ 2:50pm

Why would someone kill a alligator for no dang reason. some people just make the population of a specious go right down and they are so proud about it.How would they like it if they were a animal and someone killed them or someone very important to them .The nerve of some people. people make me so mad!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!VERY MAD!!and i love reptiles and other specious!.
   comment# 111   - Danna Hayes · Denver,Colorado · Nov 27, 2008 @ 5:41pm

you yanks make no sense, this animal will kill you and your family mercilessly, and it should. Nice gator guys.
   comment# 112   - Deeds Will · north carolina · Jan 5, 2009 @ 6:00am

"We immediately drove to Houston and went to Beeville to go dove hunting and celebrate," THIS is why they're rednecks. How do you go from 800 pounds of monster to shooting DOVES?
   comment# 113   - Johnny Thief · Savannah GA · Jan 12, 2009 @ 7:07pm

What a heated discussion about our cultural differences. How can any of you pass judgment on this story when you don't have all the facts, don't know all the history and reasoning behind alligator hunting, and don't know what was really in these guys' minds? I don't know any of those things, so the only judgment I'm making is, damn, those are fine lookin' boys. Be careful out there on your adventures, fellas!!! :)
   comment# 114   - Cyndi · Boise, ID · Jan 13, 2009 @ 8:26pm

what purpose do these creatures serve, no ecologicial purposes at all, there just a eating machine
   comment# 115   - musser · monaca · Jan 17, 2009 @ 2:12pm

I live two miles from where this gator was killed. I personally know Larry the caretaker, and he was truely concerned for the safety of his boys who fish in the creek. I swim in that creek. AND I have talked to him about this and he actually feels regret for taking the animal. He said something like, "Now that I realize how old that guy was, I think this was more his place than mine. I kind of regret letting it be killed" but he added, "If came to a choice between my boys and a gator, i will save my children." Just thought you would like to know that it wasn't just a "bunch of rednecks" out killing, it was a man, with a family, with real concern for his children.
   comment# 116   - Big AL · Trinity, Tx · Jan 23, 2009 @ 3:42pm

I don't think it is sad at all. I think it is fine to hunt an alligator or any thing else for that matter if it is legal. I say GOOD JOB guy congratulations guy. All you tree hugers need to tend to your own rat killin.
   comment# 117   - aaron · Florida · Feb 4, 2009 @ 10:02pm

Was this gator killed for research, food, or just for fun? It certainly didn't seem like there was any sport in it. I hope you guys at least ate the beast.
   comment# 118   - Kirk G · Warrenton, VA · Feb 11, 2009 @ 12:26pm

So asside from the idiocy of arguing over somethin thats aproaching 2 years old... I happen to quite enjoy hunting and it realy has done more from environmental protections and wildlife populations and habitates in the US than any environmentalist group. Gattor tail is quite delicious and if I end up movin to Louisiana w/ my fiance when she goes to get her PhD at LSU I fully intend to try my hand at gator huntin. Frankly though what those guys did is not hunting. Hunters have a responsibility to make every attempt to kill as cleanly as possible and eat what they kill. Now for the people saying that they didnt eat the gator how the hell do you know? yeah they took it to a taxidermist... Ive taken deer to the taxidermist and still eaten the meat. It is kinda sad that they had to kill the gator since it was a very impressive creature, but honestly you cant relocate them over here, there just isnt a place you can put em that they wolnt leave to return to where they were taken from. So heres a great big shut the hell up to both sides, chances are it would have had to of been killed at some point due to its size and location. The people people sayin "i wish all those gators died" (exact quote from one of the above) this is why people call us rednecks as an insult, you gota think about what your sayin, not only is that cold an heartless but just plain stupid. Theres prolly a lot more to say on each side but Ive been up since 3 this mornin workin
   comment# 119   - Travis · Texas · Feb 12, 2009 @ 7:22am

I wonder what these people end up saying when its them going camping and one of these monsters get a hold of one of their youngins. Its a horrible thought. I'm a Yankee and def. for this. Theres a difference between going out on a kill all spree and just plain out elimaniting those too big to be around. Good lord that thing is HUGE!!
   comment# 120   - Robin · Cypress, TX USA · Feb 20, 2009 @ 12:11pm

glad ya killed it. I dont want that big bastard biting me or my daughter anytime soon. thanks much
   comment# 121   - Josh · Abilene, TX · Feb 24, 2009 @ 4:41pm

Those yahoos killed the alligator a year and a half ago, for Bob's sake. They are probably dead theirselves by now, or doing time. Perhaps the Darwin Awards are in their futures if they are still at large.
   comment# 122   - Altrurian · Dallas, Texas · Feb 25, 2009 @ 2:26pm

They didn't catch this reptile in some primordial estuary or swampy wild hinterland, but rather, on a managed game ranch. Like all of the other "big game" in Texas, it was seeded like a swindler's motherlode, a kind of bizarre artifice necessary to satisfy our species' need for senseless killing.
   comment# 123   - Lothar · Bangs, Texas · Feb 25, 2009 @ 2:36pm

Taste like chicken.
   comment# 124   - Dr Julius Puglisi · Rangeview, MS · Mar 4, 2009 @ 1:44pm

I have nothing against hunters, or "rednecks". but i think these guys are disrespectful cowards. just because they heard a "really big gator" was out there, they felt the urge to destroy it. and for all those who keep saying things like "women and children are suffering in the world, and you are getting worked up about an animal", you are too simple-minded to understand that this is symptomatic of a bigger problem: disrespect for the natural world. this is not hunting, it is insolent, cowardly, and senseless destruction! This one 'gator is not the point! many, many species of animals all over the planet are in danger of extinction. humans are extending into every last bit of territory left, causing more interactions with wildlife. and guess which one always loses? we do not need to live like this. there is plenty of space to live without invading the habitat of wild animals.
   comment# 125   - Brooks · Portland, ME · Mar 5, 2009 @ 1:02pm

Im a hunter myself and i find this kill to be very interesting and i would be proud as well. There are many alligators this big or close to it. So dang one dead alligator that lived in a ranch where children and adults are isnt gonna hurt anyone. If i were you parents i would be thankful cause these men might have just saved your childs life. Stop being to selfish. The world isnt gonna stop cause of this alligator. GOOD JOB GUYS!
   comment# 126   - Leah · Lakeland, Florida · Mar 25, 2009 @ 7:34am

Some of you tree huggers are so out of touch with nature it's pathetic. You sit behind your PC's all day in your insulated, liberal northern cities typing insults about something you know nothing about. Gator hunts, like any other form of hunting, are not just intended for recreation but as a form of conservation. Come down to Florida and enjoy the wildlife instead of a beachfront condo and you'll find out that the gator poupulation has exploded to the point that these hunts are needed to control their populations. Not only for the safety of humans (a friend of mine was killed by one), but so other native species can thrive. The hunts are small, and done by a lottery system, so a "redneck" just can't hop in a jon boat with a bang stick and start killing. And, before you start saying we should not be encroaching on their territory, I'll say this ... stop moving down here. As a third generation Floridian, I'm tired of all you complaining, tree hugging, liberal yankees moving to our state. If you don't like it down here, stay at home.
   comment# 127   - A · Florida, USA · Apr 8, 2009 @ 10:49am

what a bunch of rednecks, I do not understand why people kill animals, its just not right. This picture truly makes me sad. I guess we wont stop until we kill every living being.
   comment# 128   - Sam · dartmouth ma · Apr 10, 2009 @ 4:35pm

For all you northerners and tree huggers out there, you guys should probably get your facts in order before you criticize some one. You guys dont know anything about gators, i'm the farthest thing from a redneck but I do fish and hunt all the time. You guys are a joke, I live 10 minuates away from the second largest lake in the U.S. and I would love to see you come down here and and swim in the lake for a little while because I can promise you that they will hurt you or your fancy little lap dogs if they have the chance I dont care what anyone tells you. A kid I know just recently lost his arm to a twelve footer and another was killed that had seven dog collars in its stomach. I bet if that would have been you or your pet, you wouldnt have felt sorry for a gator now would you? Another thing I bet all you people who say its so wrong to kill animals, I bet you guys love a hamburger or a hot dog dont you? People dont just kill alligators uncontrollably either its done by a draw and only a certain number of permits are given out every year so get your crap strait before you whine yankees.
   comment# 129   - CK · Okeechobee, Florida · Apr 14, 2009 @ 5:18pm

That gator had as much right to live as the mousquito that bit me last night. That's what the hunter's are trying to get through to the enviromentalist. If ya'll thought that was cruel and you like commenting on things that disgust you go to a trapper's forum. You know what they do to skunks, trap them, throw a blanket over them and throw the trap in a bucket of water or pond until it stops bubbling.
   comment# 130   - nick · lil rock · Apr 22, 2009 @ 1:13pm

I know Ryan Haltom and he is a responsible outdoorsmen and very well respected around the state. What alot of you folks that are not native to our area do not know, is that there are zero, I repeat, ZERO predators to keep the alligator populations here in the Southern U.S. in check. Just us humans. Perfect example is what is going on right now. Hurricane Ike hit on the opening weekend of the 14 day long Texas alligator hunting season, meaning that most people were not able to harvest alligators. The population in Southeast Texas has EXPLODED. I ran my boat for less than a mile down the Trinity River 3 weeks ago and saw 50-60 alligators, a dozen of which were in the 10-13 ft range. Not only is this dangerous for humans, but its dangerous for every other form of wildlife, INCLUDING alligators. This population is not normal and goes to show why it is important to keep the population under control. Texas has even recently opened a spring alligator season to help control the population of "nuissance" alligators that are spreading outside of their normal habitat. Gators can live for a REALLLLLLY long time, and without predators, the population would increase so much that it would actually be detrimental to the alligator population here. Its a great trophy and I would be proud to have been in the picture. See you next week Haltom! I'm ready to shoot some turkeys! Thats right PETA folks, we are going to shoot poor defenseless turkeys...
   comment# 131   - JUSTIN CHURCH · HOUSTON TEXAS · Apr 24, 2009 @ 1:42pm

You guys are seriously stupid why cant you just catch fish instead of an alligator. I wish that alligator would eat your ball so that you would never do that ever again. I hope god would forgive you because i wouldnt
   comment# 132   - 3Ly · Miami,FL · Apr 28, 2009 @ 12:40pm

Oh, so its OK to catch and filet fish up, but its not OK to catch and filet an alligator up??? Are you serious??? Look man, if you are going to be a tree hugger, then you have to go all out. You can't just be a partial wierdo...
   comment# 133   - Justin Church · Houston, Tx · Apr 28, 2009 @ 9:37pm

Wow, guys that is an amazing gator and you should be proud! Don't listen to these tree-hugging hippies who have never even been anywhere near the south, or the outdoors, and have no idea or the good you actually did. They have no idea the good that sportsmen do for the outdoors and conservation of the earth. Just keep on with what you're doing and maybe one day these nutjobs will understand. Gig 'em and God Bless
   comment# 134   - Weston Brown · College Station, TEXAS · Apr 29, 2009 @ 9:58pm

awsome gator guys!!! for you computer nerds that have NEVER hunted or fished, you are the ones who missed out. Do you realize that it s only been a couple of hundred years since the only way you ate is if you harvested it or killed it !! wal-mart supercenters were not around 300yrs ago when good men, your fore fathers settled this great country hunting and fishing, in fact this country is going straight downhill due to you bunch of tree hugging computer nerds, get real and GET UP AND GO OUTSIDE!! and go fish or hunt or camp and quite cryiing on your laptop.
   comment# 135   - eric johnson · gonzales, la · May 3, 2009 @ 7:05pm

Hey guys, I know Justin Church and he is a huge wierdo.
   comment# 136   - Gary Meek · Houston, TX · May 5, 2009 @ 1:07pm

All of our people that are complaining are all just abunch of city slickers. Its really sad that you are bashing a group of men for killing something that could eat you alive. Down here we dont sit in our fancy homes and ride around in our escalades..we have hobbies outdoors that include being in lakes, rivers and ponds, excuse us for not wanting to have to risk being eaten. You people are just griping becuase you dont have to worry about alligators in your big city. These guys are just some good ole country boys that enjoy things other than fancy cars and toys. So go on and go hop in your fancy car and drop about 100 dollars just to go eat at some fancy place. get a life.
   comment# 137   - Shelby · Texas · May 7, 2009 @ 7:23am

you go swim with the alligators and see what you think about them. see if you can keep all your limbs in tact. big gators like this need to go if they are in a populated area,
   comment# 138   - erin · tyler,tx · May 7, 2009 @ 8:40pm

Erin: If they "need to go" they can be caught and flown to an sustainable area. Tyler: I don't live in a big city and I don't have a fancy life. Is slaying down animals your scape goat for not having the better life? You absolutely agree with this ignorant move of hunting this alligator that has caused no harm. It these exact things that people do that destroy a sustainable ecosystem. What were you thinking?
   comment# 139   - Rebekah Vegan · United States · May 18, 2009 @ 11:22am

Rebekah: How do you know this gator never caused harm? Where do you get off saying that they are destroying a sustainable ecosystem? Do you realize that sportsmen contribute more to the environment in one year than you "save the environment" types do in your entire lifetime? It is because of human expansion into nature that many animals are killed off into extinction. If it were not for sportsmen, there would be very little, if any, wetlands or other land still available to God's great creation. It is the ignorance of people like you that believe we, as sportsmen, are destroying the environment. I wish you all the best if you ever find yourself swimming next to a 14 foot alligator.
   comment# 140   - Weston Brown · College Station, TEXAS · Jun 18, 2009 @ 1:20am

Why are all of you shedding tears over an alligator? Oh no a senseless murder, destroying the ecosystem..... Do you realize they killed a carnivore that kills anything it can catch? You naive tree huggers continue to amaze me. You get frustrated and stomp around crying whenever anyone kills an animal, while you munch down on hamburgers and chicken nuggets. Did you notice that they had tags to hunt gators? Do you know why the state allows this? Population control.
   comment# 141   - what · california · Jul 8, 2009 @ 12:11pm

Any animal lover ought to want this thing caught how many other animals was this thing having to consume to support itself. This animal was a huge drain on it's eco-system. This is why wildlife does better when it is managed.
   comment# 142   - Joe · USA · Jul 10, 2009 @ 9:51am

i dont think yall are stupid rednecks i would be proud if i caught that an it wasnt a senseless death cuz that was 880 pounds of meat yall ar just tree huggers an its was one gator are world wont end an ive killed alot of animals but they werent wasted an yall need to get yalls facts straight before yall run off at the mouth cuz remember we needed guns to kill them animal so i would just watch all yalls mouth.....
   comment# 143   - [> · citrus springs florida · Jul 16, 2009 @ 9:03am

Its a GD gator. Alligator hunters are real conservationists.No natural predators and man is responsible for controlling them.They're a renewable resource given by God to be used.All you granola eating,canoe paddling freaks keep on posting your uninformed opinions, We need something to laugh at. (I was attacked by an 8+/-footer in Myrtle Grove La. when I was younger:scary as scat) Amazing alligator.
   comment# 144   - Jacob B. · Baton Rouge La. · Jul 17, 2009 @ 2:31pm

GD tree huggers whining about these 4 guys makes me sick. Granted, there are some people that kill for the sake of killing, but those people are few and far between. As far as these 4 guys go, I see no problem having them take out a potential man killer. And as for you uninformed tree huggers (most of which have never seen or cared how their cheeseburgers get to the market, or how unseen deaths of animals play an unknowingly large part in their everyday lives) please think before you speak. If you happen to be a vegan, than I solute you for your principles, but dont tell the rest of us how to live. Deep down, I don't know anyone that feels good about taking an animals life, even for their on survival, but that is the way of our world and why we were all born with incisors. If there are any of you that less than respectable female abot this gator, yet eat meat, take a trip to a slaughter house. For those that don't understand why this gator was killed, yet are you wasting time typing when you could be donating your time to finding a home for a dog or cat in an animal shelter (thereby preventing its death through euthanasia) your all hypocrites.
   comment# 145   - Bob · Wisconsin · Aug 2, 2009 @ 8:18am

I just read this post in preparation for a gator hunt in Florida in two weeks.... I am amazed at the number of unimformed, emotion based comments made by the "tree huggers". Go look in the mirror. You're ancestors evolving into the apex predator by killing and eating critters like this and others. Some people still do it. Others sit in a sterilized, processed environment regurgitating liberal ideology and criticise those who hunt. If you wish to stand firm with your position fine. Just know you're a hypocrite every time you eat flesh, wear leather or synthetic material, travel on any vehicle made with petroleum products, use the computer, or eat vegetables tilled with mechanized equipment or raised with fertilizers and pesticides. You're still the apex predator, you're survival depends upon some other organism dying or giving up resources. Enough said. I'm going back to getting my gator hunting equipment ready. With some luck and skill, I'll be digesting some gator in about three weeks.
   comment# 146   - Mark · Dallas TX · Aug 8, 2009 @ 2:44pm

Firs off GREAT GATOR guys!! I drew a tag this year here in MS, and can't wait to get on the water, and after those Big Lizards. That being said, I will get up on my soap box. I for one am a Wildlife Biologist, and what you Bunny Hugging Earth Muffins don't realize is that without proper control, and management of wildlife populations, you are promoting extinction of these species. If you don't manage populations, they will grow to the point that individuals will not have sufficient habitat, or food sources, resulting in declined health. This in turn will allow disease to be prevalent, which can and has wiped out populations to the point that they can never recover. So what ever thoughts and beliefs you bunny huggers have, you are wrong!!! Hunting seasons are well regulated and governed by agencies that have plenty of knowledge of how things work, unlike yourselves.
   comment# 147   - Barry · Jackson, Mississippi · Aug 9, 2009 @ 2:29pm

All the claims of people catching monster alligators are not true only the saltwater reaches those mind blowing sizes of 23 or 27 feet long. Most of them are over estimated in size. The largest gators only get 19ft 8inches long or roughly 20ft long.
   comment# 148   - Anton Hinds · Randolph,new Jersey · Aug 13, 2009 @ 3:40pm

   comment# 149   - KOLLIN · GILMER,USA · Aug 16, 2009 @ 8:58pm

Good grief; they didn't KILL it, it drowned when it tangled itself up in the rope. Stuff happens, everything dies, get over it. I'm in full agreement that something that big and hungry is better off in a museum than in the ol' swimmin' hole. For those who don't understand that killing and dying is part of life, good luck with the flies, mosquitoes, ants, spiders, cockroaches, wolves, bears, and coyotes; not to mention predatory people, and HAMBURGERS!
   comment# 150   - Jim · Cypress, California · Aug 17, 2009 @ 3:12pm

This is awesome! That thing is HUGH!! and for all of ya'll complaining about them killing it.... it is population control, they aren't going to kill them all... there are hunting seasons to regulate these things.
   comment# 151   - Conroetexas · ConroeTx · Aug 21, 2009 @ 7:36pm

All of you out there talking trash,you all must not be from around here where our waters are being threatened by these alligators.Just imagine your own kid being eaten alive by this same alligator! Then,let me guess,you would probably want that gator shot,right? IF you love the gator that much maybe you should come down here and feed it yourself and maybe give it a goodnight kiss before it goes to sleep at night.You have to realize the waters where these giant alligators live in,are literally in our back yard!
   comment# 152   - James Angerstein · Grapeland, Tx USA · Aug 26, 2009 @ 3:04pm

Way to go Darwinism...survival of the fittest. Congratulations guys!!!
   comment# 153   - Justin · U.S. · Aug 31, 2009 @ 7:45am

i still dont think they should have killed it. im sure that there were other options like giving it to a zoo or something. but i guess that if there were kids and if it was near houses then it was probabaly for the best. well i guess it's too late to tell you all of this so i guess good job for complaining about how they are slowly fading away and then killing innocent animals!!!! yayyyy (not). whenever you finally realize how wrong that was theyll all be wrong. congratsto u guys for being a jerk..
   comment# 154   - michelle · buckhannon, wv · Oct 5, 2009 @ 2:52pm

All the people that say its bad that these guys killed this gator, think about it your kid went swimming with that thing. Would you want it out there? Without hunting all animals would grow into massive numbers. And just because we're rednecks doesn't mean we abuse our wives or anything like that. We live in the country and hunt. The same thing Native Americans did hundreds of years ago. The same thing Romans did thousands of years ago. If you can tell me you are a straight vegetarian then you can rip hunting. But if you eat meat, where does that meat come from? Animals that have to be killed. We dont pay for our meat, we go out and get it ourselves.
   comment# 155   - zach · Roanoke, USA · Oct 14, 2009 @ 7:52am

   comment# 156   - catman John · NYC. USA · Oct 15, 2009 @ 12:44pm

i think this gator is awesome!!! quite whinning because they didnt kill it, they probably never intended for it to die! just be happy for the guys! congrats! =)
   comment# 157   - shelby lynne · lufkin, texas · Nov 4, 2009 @ 7:19am

First of all almost everyone on here sounds like a bunch of second graders arguing over which TV channel to watch disney or nickelodeon. I want to congratulate these guys on a fine trophy. As stated above these guys were hunting legally, and they had paid for the tags to hunt this animal. Sportsmen were the first and still are the best conservationists, and naturalists. They give more money back to the environment than any other group of people. The majority of hunters and fishermen love and enjoy the outdoors, and they arent out there with malicious intent. They spend money trying to rebuild habitat for the animals. People that live in cities and suburbs are the real ones to blame if anyone for dwindling habitat and reduced animal populations. They keep right on building houses and roads right through some of the best habitats for the critters. I am a gool Ol boy from swampeast missouri, and I am proud of my heritage. I kill deer every year and I enjoy being out there, but I also have great respect for those animals that I hunt, and every year I do more and more in the name of conservation just to give the animals a better chance at survival. I love to see them in their natural habitat, and it gives a great sense of accomplishment when I have the opportunity to harvest a mature whitetail, or take a big tom turkey, on their own turf. It is the most rewarding experiences on earth, and not to mention the most exciting. I thank God every time I go hunting for the opporunity.
   comment# 158   - Bryan Carty · Missouri · Nov 6, 2009 @ 8:07am

I see we got the dot heads making coments and yet thousands of them get eaten every year by big crocs. Bunch of bobble headed freaks and som tree hugging pansies, LOL! The reason its done the way it is, can be understood if you just process what logic robert from Texas has stated. There are state and federal laws and biologists and game wardens that enforce them and research them. they then establish the number of mature animals to be harvested per the population as it is dictated. If you don't hunt or you think your food comes out of a container at the grocery, just zip your pie hole and keep quiet. If you have nothing appropriate to say, just don't say anything. Thanks! Good Job guys, hope you got plenty of pictures!!!
   comment# 159   - James · USA · Nov 14, 2009 @ 3:34am

Truthfully, I think there are bigger alligators if you are willing to travel into deep swamps. Think about what would be out there. It's far away from civilization and probably has never been disturbed. There could definitely be some "monster" animals out there.
   comment# 160   - John Smith · Alexandria, Louisiana · Nov 17, 2009 @ 8:00pm

For all u ppl that live north of AK let me know the next time u see a gator. and when ur done running and crying for ur mom, log on to the net and look up alligator farms. They have them all over the south and they release hundreds of gators into the wild every year. And as far as those guys getting a gator that big, well good for them. That gator was just in the wrong place at the wrong time. And if the gator would have been 6ft or smaller i don't think half the ppl would have said a word...
   comment# 161   - Philip · Denham Springs, Louisiana · Nov 18, 2009 @ 11:38pm

This huge gator is capable of taking a cow underwater. God forbid your kids be anywhere around when this thing is on the prowl.
   comment# 162   - Scott · Arizona · Nov 21, 2009 @ 8:10am

Kill everything
   comment# 163   - Redneck · Texas · Dec 8, 2009 @ 11:44am

Let's don't kill birds so they can devour our crops like they do in Argentina... let's quit hunting deer because we'd rather them over-populate and have people hit them on the highways instead of shooting them... lets give everything 2 years off from hunting and see how over populated the wildlife is, how sick the animals are because there's not as much food, how many wrecks have been caused, then maybe all of these animal rights activists will shut their yappin and do some trappin
   comment# 164   - POTATO JAMES · Ripley · Dec 30, 2009 @ 8:55am

I love un-educated, biased, irrational opinions. You are so ignorant that it's HILARIOUS. Here's something to think about for all of you who seem to think that this thing dying was a tragedy. You are what the rest of world likes to call "cafeteria" critics. You pick and choose what you like to believe and speak and hide behind your own hypocracy. Lets turn the tables and I will be a critic to you in the same manner you have to us. Example. "I can't believe you use anti-bacterial soap! Poor defenseless, majestic bacteria was here way before you were and you had to kill it. One of these days you will realize your mistakes. That bacteria was apart of our ecosystem".... The rest of the world and myself will consider your opinion valid when you don't drive a car, don't live in a house, don't use a computer, and can prove that you actually practice what you preach. This alligator dying actually frees up resources so that younger alligators have a chance to reach maturity. And yes, I do think this gator was majestic. Peace and fish grease. - Ryan
   comment# 165   - Ryan · Midland, Texas USA · Jan 25, 2010 @ 1:50pm

To all you moron bunny huggers. I personaly knew a man that was killed by a hungry gator while fishing from a shoreline, and it never made much news because it was said to be a swimming accident. Sure it was, He was dragged from shore into the water and couldn't break free from the gators mouth. Some of his remains were never found. So remember that the next time you go to the lake. Watch your kids around the water instead of humping trees and kissing bunnies. These gators are unpredictable and very hungry, "little Jr got eatin by an alligator but its ok because the gator was hungry and didn't mean anything by it. Atleast little Jr didn't go to waste. LMAO!!!!
   comment# 166   - Allen · Alvin, Texas · Jan 30, 2010 @ 9:25am

Here's a Bible verse: "Unto Adam also and to his wife did the LORD God make coats of skins, and clothed them." Gen. 3:21 KJV. What kind of "skins" do you think he used? Animals would be the logical answer. So I would think it safe to say that using animals for clothing and food in today's time would be just fine. Now we do not know if the boys used the meat from the gator. Just because they took it to a taxidermist does not automatically mean that the meat wasn't used. I am from "Gator Country" and big boys like this one are not necessarily common, but they are not uncommon either. Some friends of my family caught and killed a 13 footer a while back not far from where we live. The commercial housing projects that have sprung up all over are what's endangering the wildlife. But since this is "progress" we have to find some way of protecting the people who move there. Population control of gators is one of the major ways. Now I love gators. But if a gator over 6 ft long is hangin out in the swamps around my house, you better believe Wildlife Control is gettin called. There are no natural predators to the gator, hence the term Apex Predator (also applies to the college football team.) I am not sayin all the gators should die. A lot of the non-beach tourism here is gator-related. Gator farms are common and attract a lot of people and money. Without gators our economy could suffer; with too many, our ecosy
   comment# 167   - GatorGal · Palatka, FL · Jan 31, 2010 @ 11:42pm

"I wonder what Steve erwin would have said.." Probably Crikees mate she's a big one!@
   comment# 168   - Roland · Livingston, TX · Feb 1, 2010 @ 12:15pm

How dare you people question something of which you have no knowledge of? The State of Texas does a magnificent job of protecting and monitoring every specie of animal in our state. It is one of the reasons we are so proud to call this place home. We have low taxes, great climate, freedom of religion, and a beautifully rich and diverse landscape. And, as a hunter/fisherman myself (and an educated man, much to your dismay), I can assure you that the people you belittle and call rednecks care more for this Earth, and the wildlife that inhabits it, than most of the ignorant and narrow minded people who have been so eager to cast stones on this blog. (Sorry for the biblical reference, I know that probably offends you as well) We have some of the finest wildlife biologists in the world that have the difficult job of making sure populations of certain animals are maintained and regulated to ensure a safe balance for our specific ecosystem. Hunting and fishing is ABSOLUTELY necessary in helping maintain that delicate balance. Not mention it is part of Texan culture, and has been the primary food source since the first humans set foot on this Earth. If you choose not to eat meat and worship whoever it is you want to worship, please feel free. But DO NOT question the RIGHT we have as humans to responsibly utilize our resources. And by the way, I know these men personally.... and after they caped the animal, they kept the meat to eat.
   comment# 169   - Offended · Texas · Feb 15, 2010 @ 4:15pm

   comment# 170   - bayou rat · south texas texas · Feb 25, 2010 @ 1:55pm

first i want to start off by saying that sportsman are the number one contributer to wildlife preservation (not peta or any other bunny hugging organizations). sportsmen contribute through taxes and license fees in all states, there are special taxes on guns, ammunition, fishing gear etc. secondly the number one threat to wildlife is loss of habitat, humans are expanding and devoloping in areas that once were homes to animals. maybe some of you folks that are out there bashing these boys for doing what is natural need to look into the history of man kind.... HUMANS ARE PREDATORS humans we are natural born hunters. it is natural to hunt, weve been doing it since the stone age, you look at hunters and sportsman as "in the wrong" maybe you should take a closer look at yourself. as for the reason behind slandering these REAL men, i think its pathetic if you dont like seeing this kind of thing there are plenty of other websites on the internet to view.. go find them and stop looking to belittle others
   comment# 171   - Derek W. · waitsfield vt · Mar 30, 2010 @ 12:37pm

I would rather see the guys dangling...they are far more dangerous and more overpopulated than 13 foot gators. I grew up on a farm and we raised our own food, so I'm no bunny hugger. I just really hate to see God's creatures killed just to provide an adrenaline rush to the earth's #1 predator: killer human males.
   comment# 172   - Not 4 sport killing · Montecello,FL · Apr 14, 2010 @ 6:35am

alligators have survived many millions of years and when 1 gator that size is taken it ensures our survival from predators that large. imagine your child caught in the clenches of its jaws as you stare helplessly. alligator and crocodiles have had their time at the top of the food chain. and thats not saying that i wont do my part to ensure their survival, but we as people have a better chance of walking away with our lives if they don't get that large. especially in populated areas with people and pets! Me and my friend went outback and heard a noise and looked around and then I saw something and then I called my friend and then I saw something go under my shed then we ran inside screaming! It was so funny! Bye!
   comment# 173   - Drake and Jonh · GA,Midway · Apr 25, 2010 @ 8:34am

Ok everyone. this is pretty sad that i looked up a picture on the internet just to scroll down and find a bunch of people agruing over a dead alligator. Everyone here seems extremly immature fighting like a couple of high school girls over something that doesnt concern anyone here. everyone wants their points to be made and heard but when your opinions and thoughts are that of nothing but a bunch of nonsense, how do you live your daily lives. wait full of drama im sure. you all should start your own reality show about topics in which apparently no one person here is fully knowledged about. i dont know much about whats going on here but at least i have enough sense to realize that you really shouldnt meddle in something you know nothing about. you go ahead and write your comments back attacking me because it will show the immaturity i have been writing about. congatulations you all are the reason as to why the world is doomed.
   comment# 174   - tom bundle · tally, FL · May 2, 2010 @ 10:05pm

Brendan bad person from PA, come down here and swim with a 14 foot gator and see how much you like gettin bit..your a yankee, and dont have a clue what your talkin about when it comes to big gators you aint never seen one but in a zoo, so i say atta boy to killin that one
   comment# 175   - Grizz · Jackson, MS · May 21, 2010 @ 6:40am

im an extreme outdoorsman and reptile lover and im sad and glad about this glad,because he was past his prime and the chances of finding a female his size seriously injury to the female. sad because these animals have roamed the earth for millions of years with barely any changes in their evolutinary line.
   comment# 176   - Kolby "the turtle" L. · pennsylvania · Jun 11, 2010 @ 10:33am

   comment# 177   - pete reed · pineville la. · Jun 17, 2010 @ 8:23pm

You idiots that trip on these gentalmen are stupid. If you read the article it says the thing drowned its self. Its not like they sit out there and watched it die. And besides those things eat people and if there are children in the area and camps and things then the things need to be removed. Trapping them live is good but if you have to kill them kill them and eat the meet and use the hide. Dumb yankees you need to get over yourselves.
   comment# 178   - Alex · Georgia · Jun 22, 2010 @ 7:39pm

The guys left the hook out with the bait overnight to trap whatever they could get and they were hoping it was an Alligator. It is a weak and wimpy way to hunt, but that's how most hunters are now. There is just not the sportsmanship. Nature is their toy and they seem to feel like "big men" when they kill something, but how can you admire someone hiding drunk behind a deer blind shooting deer that come up to feed from a deer feeder--Cheap shot really! Lazy. Like Leaving out bait and hooks to catch large beasts of prey overnight while you sleep all cozy and then come out to claim your trophy as if you fought the gator for his life, but you didn't,... you were asleep and this magnificent beast died without honor and without even an adversary to look in the eye. I hope you at least used him for food and other things so that his death is not a total waste. Living in the South, as a hiker and Bird watcher, I run into to these types all the time. We both support the Parks and Wildlife areas of Texas, but I often feel like we are just made differently--the things they enjoy seem horrible to me! But one thing is true, Fishermen and Hunters pay tons of fees to Parks and Wildlife Areas, and are part of the movement to recover and preserve these areas and are an essential partner in keeping America's wilderness alive... We just have to put up with each other! But I wish they would hunt with more dignity and honor the animals' lives more!
   comment# 179   - Al · Houston, Texas, USA · Jun 23, 2010 @ 12:56am

Sad you people have never lost a friend or a pet in their own backyard over these animals!!!!!!!!!!!
   comment# 180   - Whatever · Houston, Texas · Jul 16, 2010 @ 9:47pm

I wonder how many of these people boo hooing about 1 alligator have sympathy for a steer or chicken raised to be eaten by humans? I agree with all the writers that point out that giant alligators would not hesitate to eat a person if the opportunity presented. Arguments can be made there are too many gators and too many people. It is what it is.
   comment# 181   - RP · Common Sense, USA · Aug 9, 2010 @ 5:18am

It is sad indeed that this old animal was taken by this method. Challenge is what makes game collecting exciting. It's all about the thrill of the hunt. As a fisherman and underwater hunter, I am conservation-minded about my quarry. I only take what will feed me and my family at any given time. These "rednecks" as people call them, are partly responsible for depleted animal and fish stocks in the states, whether it be salmon,steelhead,sturgeon,dungeness crab, flatheadcatfish,jaguars,etc. That's not to say that industry and commercial fishing hasn't done its chunk of the damage. A large animal such as this one is the prime apex predator of its ecosystem. By taking it out, things will go out of balance. I wish there was an open season on rednecks to keep their population down;-).
   comment# 182   - Educated sportsman · Portland, OR · Aug 16, 2010 @ 2:08am

To the self proclaimed "Educated sportsman" where did you get your facts about "depleted animal and fish stocks in the states?" And why is all the anti-hunters out there so insistant that we are hunting these animals to the point of extinction. The only answer I can come up with is that they are speaking out of ignorance. This whole article is about an alligator. Its not about "salmon, steelhead, sturgeon, dungeness crab, flatheadcatfish, jaguars, etc." You would be amazed at how many gators you see in the bayous while driving along the highway down here where I'm from. And you better believe that if you get caught harvesting one without a tag or out of season then you will pay a hefty fine and/or jail time. Wildlife agencies know what they are doing. And why is it ok to call someone a redneck but its not ok to say the "n" word or to use other stereotypes? I'm against name calling and I'm against someone who has no clue who I am as a person cut me down or others like me just because I am different from them. If I choose to go on a gator hunt and I've taken all the proper steps to do it legally then thats what I'm going to do. If anyone has a problem with that so be it! These guys didn't intend for that animal to drown. They came there ready for a fight with a beast! Anyone want to know what they were getting into watch Swamp People on the History channel! Great job guys!!
   comment# 183   - Aaron · Thibodaux, LA · Aug 24, 2010 @ 1:25pm

That's a big ole lizard but there's bigger here in the Okefenokee. Come let me show ya. We'll need a big airboat!
   comment# 184   - David Jenkins · Waycross, GA. USA · Aug 24, 2010 @ 1:48pm

What a bunch of losers. What. We should use these guys as Gator Bait!
   comment# 185   - John · Dallas · Aug 24, 2010 @ 7:37pm

awsome gator.. cheap death... I like the 22. to the head on a hook method.. up close and personal.. I am sure they didnt expect it to get tangled and die though, so they would have likely been in a big fight if it didnt.. as for people dying .. 17 confirm dead in 40 years.. not a good enough reason to kill them.. but they TASTE GREAT!
   comment# 186   - mike · avon park usa · Sep 1, 2010 @ 12:22am

Hahaha I find all this drama humorous!!! Tree huggers and Hunters not agreeing? Huh who knew...... Inhumane? I agree. A hook and line snagging and small caliber guns for a finishing tool? Come on guys... Thats torture for sure...try dynamite or high voltage maybe? Also, I dont agree with trophy hunting.... these creatures have been here for millions of years and have a "right" to be here. Right on our wrists, feet an anything else that looks "fly" now. I am not sure if anyone saw that picture but that gators head was the size of most you tree huggers hairy legged girlfriends!!!! Im not sure but If I had to guess, maybe, and I do mean it would be a stretch, but maybe, he was big enough to swallow your hairy legged girlfriend whole. Get real all of you. You rednecks prove your ignorance by losing you temper an acting stupid when these guys voice their opinion. Tree huggers... everything you do is a battle why? None of know anything yet seem to think your clairvoyant? Most of the luxuries you enjoy come from your "inhumane killing" of creatures. Thats called a hypocrite. Also, for those of that are all "ohhhhhh poor gator he was there first"..... erroneous, erroneous on all accounts!!! Your a human being, they are animals. They are put here for our use. If we can coexist with them then great. If not well.... personally I love alligator tail. Smell the roses or play in traffic.
   comment# 187   - seth · new mexico · Sep 5, 2010 @ 10:58pm

Nice! And listen to all the idiots who thinks it's wrong to kill an alligator.
   comment# 188   - Dan · charleston · Sep 15, 2010 @ 10:13am

i tell you what, if one of your children had been killed by something that big, you would be singing a different tune. anyway, alligators that big a very territorial and kill just about every other smaller gator that comes around it. so those guys kind of did the other gators around a favor. i have family that gator hunt, it's a way of life that not many people can say they're a part of and you tree huggers would know nothing about. trust me there are plenty more alligators down here.
   comment# 189   - walton · louisiana · Sep 17, 2010 @ 8:58pm

To all of you who live where there aren't Alligators You are in NOO Place to say that they are wrong for killing this Gator... This Gator Could Eat Anyone Who Goes Swimming Or comes 15 feet within the waters edge. I mean Here in Texas Gators Eat whole cows easily! So don't hate People who kill Giant Gators, Thank them....
   comment# 190   - Texan · Sweeny TX · Sep 25, 2010 @ 8:57pm

i think human is on top and thats why so we can keep the world from being over crowded by a bunch of animals i think as long as you eat it kill it
   comment# 191   - branndon n · america · Oct 14, 2010 @ 5:26pm

I see a clear division of opinions between the Northerners and Southerners here in this blog. Furthermore it appears that the tree-hugging northerners are quite outspoken (as usual) about this whole activity when they have no idea first hand of what is going on. How Bout Dat? Nice catch boys!!!!!!!! maybe you can come to Zavalla and clear a few out before they wipe out another beagle in its pen (true story).
   comment# 192   - Kdawg · Zavalla, Tx · Oct 20, 2010 @ 5:33am

thats a beast
   comment# 193   - Christopher Jose Lilly · Davie, USA · Oct 20, 2010 @ 1:17pm

tree huggers yellow water me off! yall have no clue about how it works in texas! hunting in an important part of maintaining the environment!
   comment# 194   - john ford · dallas texas · Oct 24, 2010 @ 8:56pm

OMG, are you serious? You want to save an alligator that could possibly kill a human? What is wrong with the people today! I bet you people wouldn't want to save the gator if your children were killed by this huge gator! Yall make me sick!
   comment# 195   - Jared Weems · Sarepta, Webster Parish, LA · Oct 27, 2010 @ 12:28am

That is a big gator...wish it could have been caught alive and moved to a park...or even eaten..but there is a million more out there...its not like these guys poisoned the lake and killed them all...and i could understand if it was an almost extinct animal but its not...people gotten soft living in there housing communities, big cities, with their grocerey stores and shopping malls...I grew up in a big city (philadelphia, pa) but my grandma was a country girl...and when I was a kid she made us go down to the country in Virginia when it was time to slaughter the I could know where that meat we got from the grocery store came from..I think more of you needed that experiance in your life...these guys did everything legally...and I am sure probably help protect the environment more then any of us on this blog...hunters love to hunt...they wish all the lands were still wild and untamed...not concrete jungles like where you and I live...they went out after that dove hunting to catch their dinner not down to the store to get some chicken killed by a machine after living its life in a cage...ask yourself who is really the bad guys....
   comment# 196   - Brian · Washinton, DC · Nov 8, 2010 @ 1:37pm

you can tell by the comments if you are a city slicker , what would you folks do if you really had to kill something to
   comment# 197   - Hunter · Cornfields of muddy river · Nov 10, 2010 @ 2:41pm

I am not sure where to start here guys. I understand that Robert Rolin has not posted since 2007, but his rant is about as far as I could make it into the posts. The argument for Alligator over population is ridiculous. There is not a single over population of any animal in the recored history of the world, excluding areas that the human population has overflowed into. Humans have overpopulated the Earth and are now in coming into the territories in which alligators, and various other predators, exist. Humans have no right to regulate another creatures population. Killing an animal for sustenance is more than acceptable, it is necessary. The term sportsman is ridiculous. A sport is played by two or more parties on an even playing field. Having technology, especially man's superior modern technology, is not an even playing field. As for the people on the posting claiming to be educated, please understand that the following statements are more out of pity for our country than they are out of spite of your stupidity. If you can not use proper grammar or punctuation then you shouldn't try and defend your views under the pretense of education or knowledge. I think that it is pretty sad that this many people voice their opinions on a single alligator, yet the statistics say that only two of you will vote on education, appropriations, or national debt issues. Overall: -Learn to speak, write, and communicate properly. -Concern yourselves with things that matter.
   comment# 198   - Jerome Dowling · Valdosta, GA · Nov 14, 2010 @ 5:09pm

Continued from my previous comment. --Some things one might be concerned with: the United States' National Debt crisis, the lack of education in America (see above for examples), or maybe this nation's continuing effort in the Middle East. Again, this article's comment feed exemplifies two great problems in America today; Undereducated people and the aforementioned peoples' compulsion to speak out.
   comment# 199   - Jerome Dowling · Valdosta, GA · Nov 14, 2010 @ 5:14pm

Oh great. It's always seeing a particularly awe inspiring example of a species being killed. These men must be so very proud. That's sarcasm by the way. What I really mean is this is a damn shame and I hope these guys fall in the water and get devoured. Hopefully when I am there NOT to help. The ignorance of people truly amazes me, even now.
   comment# 200   - cc · Canada · Nov 18, 2010 @ 10:14am

How did ya'll do on the dove shoot? Wish I could be there, but the hunting and fishing are too good here! I sure would like to know the recipe for that "secret something" in the gator bait. I wonder if it has anything to do with little yankee lap dogs? Plenty of those around here. Take care young men, and good hunting. Robby
   comment# 201   - Robert Roy · Ocala, USA · Dec 10, 2010 @ 6:00pm

I was either the gator or a human! Good job guys! God knows how many wild life, pets and/or humans it has eaten. For a gator to b that big? It has been eaten something.
   comment# 202   - CrazyD · Corpus, USA · Dec 19, 2010 @ 11:24am

If it bothers yall that bad that we hunt gators here in the south then why dont your raise them in your own ponds and feed them everyday and let your pets and children play near the water !!! Then you will have your own very special news post :o) But untill then, shut the hell up !!! Why would you ever wish something bad upon someone. sayin you hope they fall in the water and get ate or whatever. Really ??? you should be ashamed of yourself for that!!! You have your culture we have ours. But keep that scat to yourself !!! your prolly some guy that has a 9-5 job in the city and has never even been to the south to see how we live. We hunt , fish, camp , and do whatever the hell makes us happy. God, Family, Hank Williams, John Deer tractors is how we roll .... And we dont all wear cowboy boots and hats. But ya most of us do!!!!
   comment# 203   - Billy Bob · Lufkin,Tx · Jan 6, 2011 @ 3:56am

I see here where there are many many opinions offered by people from India and the like. I haven't seen one yet but maybe some of those folks have figured that maybe that big gator was one of their relatives "reincarnated" and came back as an alligator. Well if so, it's too bad. Down South Alligators are hunted, eaten and are mighty delicious as the meat is cubed, battered and fried. Tastes like pork. Makes a good Sweet-Sour dish. Anyway, if it was one of your relatives, sorry. We didn't know.
   comment# 204   - who dat · boondocks, illinois · Jan 26, 2011 @ 12:34am

Hey, great catch.
   comment# 205   - Shawn · Ontario · Feb 17, 2011 @ 12:36pm

Okay,okay. So it's good that the gator was killed in a populated area. That's fine. However the day we kill a large gator/croc in an area UNINHABITED BY HUMANS is the day we can use the "they were here first" argeument into effect. And for those saying it's wrong to kill a gator of that size(which is rare) I agree with you to some extent. But very large crocs/gators aren't rare because we hunt them all. Truth is, the largest croc/gator ends up being the smartest lizard. So they are rare because they are smart enough to evade humans, which is a good thing. Safe for us and safe for the animal. As the say, "gators/crocs don't gro this big by being stupid". Why just look up Gustave the crocodile. So don't worry. Large crocs/gators are out there, they are smart enough to stay away from us.
   comment# 206   - Sebastian · Silver Spring · Feb 27, 2011 @ 5:55pm

And about gators/crocs being here for millions of years thing, well, if I was a gator I would be pissed. Imagine a gator saying this: "we have been here for millions of years, our ancestors killed things far worse than what we see today, OUR species survived the asteroid,ice age, and other extinction/big events, yet we face our the hands of a race of naked apes. WTF!!"
   comment# 207   - Sebastian · Silver Spring · Feb 27, 2011 @ 6:30pm

People that say they are glad this the gator is gone because of how big he is, you are dumb. The answer is dont let your damn kids play in gator populated water.
   comment# 208   - Damian · Evansville, IN · Mar 23, 2011 @ 6:58pm

   comment# 209   - john wayne · texas · Mar 30, 2011 @ 11:37am

everyone who says these guys are dumb for killing such an enormous alligator must not have children. You people are the ignorant ones, if an alligator had a chance to kill a human it would. These guys just made it a little safer for all of us. Nice job guys!
   comment# 210   - katie · lufkin,tx · Apr 2, 2011 @ 11:06am

leave the gators alone!!!!
   comment# 211   - john gator · gator ville · Apr 21, 2011 @ 10:27am

hell yea nice all of u who keep talkin bad about them go somewhere else....
   comment# 212   - JJ Ferguson · Kernersville,NC · Apr 21, 2011 @ 9:23pm

Arise, Kill,Eat my friends
   comment# 213   - colt · texas · May 26, 2011 @ 8:12pm

You guys whining about "killing all the old alligators" Ya'll do realize that they are overpopulated right? Killing this big hungry mofo will allow 5-6 underfed gators to experience more success in that area. You need to think about all the factors at play. Get used to the fact that human beings ARE predators. We are the APEX predators of Earth. There is no shame in that, it is what drove us to be the dominant species on Earth. When these things get hungry they will eat livestock, children, people, pets, anything with a heartbeat... We can not have them overpopulating, getting hungry, and wandering into our towns looking for food. I understand your sympathy for animals, I share your respect. There is however no room in my conscience to bear ill will towards a hunter... for hunting, towards a predator, for killing, or to serve any other contradictions. Feel bad for all the de-clawed housecats (Which is illegal in most developing nations as it is CRUEL). Feel bad for debeaked chickens (So you can have a juicier sandwich). Feel bad about killing gorillas (So that we can mine materials to make cell-phones). Don't feel bad about hunting. Don't feel bad about your need for meat in your DAILY diet. Don't delude yourself, you must eat meat to be healthy.
   comment# 214   - Lance · Texas · May 26, 2011 @ 9:32pm

Damn that a mega texa gator boy
   comment# 215   - Jordan r · Florida · May 27, 2011 @ 12:31pm

Wow, this post is crazy. Who gives a crap that a bunch of boys killed a gator. There are gator farms that harvest thousands of eggs hatch them and return a large portion of them back into the wild. killing one big gator is not going to hurt a damn thing. People just need to stop all there damn whining. My children can no longer say the pledge of allegiance in school because of whiners, billions of dollars are wasted in over populated DOCs because of whiners, people are allowed to do horrible acts of cruelty because of a bunch of whiners wont let us put a bullet in em. Its the whiners that have allowed Illegal immigrants to get free health care, drivers licenses, etc.. while Americans in your neighborhood are suffering and cant get any assistance, You think that by whining your helping the situation. Your not helping scat. Stop whining, do some research and come up with real solutions. Your definitely not helping anything by name calling, stereo-typing, or just being rude. Come on people.
   comment# 216   - Morgan · orlando Florida · Jun 3, 2011 @ 8:02am

I am laughing very hard at this post. Yankees know nothing about gators so I really do not even understand how they can comment on here. I also think it is funny how we are all rednecks in the south. I am a "redneck" engineer who probably has more education than any of the yanks posting on here. I have an idea. We can catch all the gators and less them lose in yankee houses.
   comment# 217   - Cowboy · Texas, US · Jun 8, 2011 @ 10:06am

tastes like chicken lets feed the neibor hood
   comment# 218   - marc the shark · elmwood pk il · Jun 12, 2011 @ 8:40pm

i hope they used all the meat, fats, bones and skins. great way to honor the animal. an alligator skin can go for $300+
   comment# 219   - Jacques Massard · Florida naples · Jun 16, 2011 @ 2:48pm

That's a huge gator, good thing they caught it! All these idiots who think killing a gator is wrong, why don't y'all watch History channel a little show called Swamp People and if no one killed the gators, there would be way too many so people, get a grip! I bet your story would change if that gator tried eating you or ate a leg or an arm!
   comment# 220   - Melissa · Texas · Jun 19, 2011 @ 9:38am

Liberals are so funny, they say No to fossil fuels because drilling upsets the local lizards in the area and yes to Wind Turbines until it effects the birds, they say protect the environment for future generations but make laws that let no generations use its resources, they say No Death penalty for killers, but are pro abortion, No Killing animals as they slam their foot down on a roach and empty their mouse traps. They are just born unhappy and want the government to take away from one to give to them and those who chose not to help themselves.. If they would do there research they would know that texas has one of the healthiest wildlife population of all species that live here. before people lived here the land was so vast animals had a hard time finding mates, now with human here the wildlife live closer together and breed more and we have a huge healthy population of wildlife...
   comment# 221   - matt · Dallas · Jun 19, 2011 @ 10:03pm

Awesome gator guys!!
   comment# 222   - Matt · Richardson · Jun 19, 2011 @ 10:06pm

Comment #23 hit this issue on the head! Great responses Robert! All you bleeding hearts need to go change your pads! Nobody wants to see anything killed, but that's the circle of life... Get over it! Every year I help my uncle clear his land of snakes, we kill about 50 snakes between us, even though neither of us has ever been bitten... If we dont bring down the population, they'll get in the house, maybe even crawl into bed with you, and bite you when you roll over... Live and let live is a noble idea, but Rattlesnakes dont understand this, and neither do gators... If this country or this planet is doomed, it will be because there's a massive shortage of real men left in this world... VOTE RON PAUL in 2012!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
   comment# 223   - Shane T · Dallas, Texas · Jun 23, 2011 @ 10:35pm

GO ROBERT ROLIN!!! I totally agree with him!!!! Keep up the hunting and gathering spirit.
   comment# 224   - vivian arnold · springville, US · Jun 25, 2011 @ 1:01pm

This majestic living being was RELENTLESSLY HUNTED for two days-then MURDERED. *To deprive someone of sleep is CRUEL *To deny someone of food or water is HEARTLESS *To hunt someone relentlessly is BARBARIC *To take a God-given life, only turn the body into a trophy is IMMORAL To do ALL of these things to an INNOCENT living being is INHUMANE. "The greatness of a nation and it's moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated." Mahatma Gandhi
   comment# 225   - Louin Or. · Medford, USA · Jun 25, 2011 @ 1:08pm

To comment 21 you are a hypocritical less than intelligent person, you say that we should have put it in a zoo for people to enjoy, well how would you feel if you reached a certain age and you have a choice to go quickly or be stuck in a tiny pond with people shouting and throwing food pellets at you. Really people, red necks, have a wasteful stereotype and that is just not true. In fact we are less wasteful that you liberal city idiots, you guys think your so important with your energy sucking skyscrapers and smog filled cities. Where we live out in the woods we take a little and give alot. We don't rip our tree up to put in highways and cities we let them be. I know for a fact that by byilding all that convenient CRAP you kill alot more of the animals and the environment than an entire communites of 'rednecks'
   comment# 226   - Shawnee · Mims, FL USA · Jun 27, 2011 @ 6:01pm

It was an alligator. A big tough eating machine. It doesn't care if your dog or kid is super cute smart or loved. It merely sees "Dinner". If a large gator is known in the area and something happens to a person there is out rage, if the gator is killed there is outrage. I hate that it drowned but Im glad nobody is missing a loved one...Well except for Mrs Gator
   comment# 227   - Carol Lynn · Dallas, TX · Jul 11, 2011 @ 2:12pm

These college educated men followed every letter of the law. They harvested this animal, following all rules required by the Dept of Wildlife. They should indeed be congratulated, they caught a record-breaking animal. Kudos to them, they deserve nothing but respect. We are at the top of the food chain. If it weren't for regulated hunting, harvesting of these and other animals, the population numbers would harm the animals themselves. The same ones here posting those teary eyed anti-hunting messages aren't too happy when they hit a deer, destroying their cars and injuring their families. Randy Dowdy
   comment# 228   - Randy Dowdy · Providence NC · Jul 17, 2011 @ 12:21pm

All of the comments to this article exemplify the problems with our nation. Individuals across this country are more and more concerned with things that do not really matter much. Before I get covered in tar and feathers let me explain my views. There are laws that outline, the season, methods, and limits of game animals. These young men apparently followed the set guidelines. To everyone that said the gator was here first, if this is how you feel than we need to go back to living in caves or whatever (natural) housing we can find. Every human activity is an encroachment on animals,if you believe in evolution (which I do not). As humans we have the responsibility to wisely manage these resources.
   comment# 229   - Daniel Odom · Newton, Texas · Jul 17, 2011 @ 7:34pm

Animals are controlled throuh natural means when left to their own devices. Examples- starvation, cannibalism. Unless we are willing to become wild animals and give up all forms of government and organization, then we need to quit whining because people hunt or fish. Large cities do far more damage than outdoorsmen. These large cities are what threaten natural habitat, not responsible fishers and hunters. There is not one example of an animal going extinct from responsible management ie. regulated hunting or fishing.
   comment# 230   - Daniel Odom · Newton Texas · Jul 17, 2011 @ 7:42pm

Damn nice gator. all these damn hippies need to shut up about killin wild animals like this. they say "dont kill them dont kill them", but when one of them attacks them or their children, they want them dead. dont judge other people by the way we do things, its just our way of life.
   comment# 231   - Jay Byers · enterprise, AL · Jul 18, 2011 @ 1:40am

this is our way of life come on down to the swamp in south la. we show you how its done choot choot
   comment# 232   - janice · louisiana · Jul 22, 2011 @ 9:32pm

howdyyy, damnit..yall can all suck on our ol east texas hams!!!! n go hug a tree n keep suckin in all tha polluted air u damn yankees. if ya dont like it dont look at it...
   comment# 233   - kassikristyn · texas,usa · Aug 3, 2011 @ 12:35am

Really? So many people are this upset over a gator that drowned? They didn't drown it people, it got tangled! They didn't kill a huge gator on purpose either! My god! They dropped a line and they had no idea what size it would be! Seriously, you want to feel sorry for a gator go hug one! It's a way of life! I'm from Australia, we have big arse crocs that come in and kill friggin kids! Take them infront of family, and take fathers when they are swimming with their kids! It's called the circle of life! From one gator/croc comes how many eggs? You do the math! There are more where that came from.... 3 words for all you sensitive people, how would you feel if one of your family members was taken? From their own back yard, your family was there first, the gator saw them as a food supply, really? You would still say "no! Don't kill it, it's beautiful and so big, we should take it to a zoo..."
   comment# 234   - Ashleigh · Victoria, Australia · Aug 21, 2011 @ 7:13am

Me again? Quick question... Loss of a rare animal? Gourmet food? Delicacy of the world? Ummm.... Am I missing something, was this the last gator? Wow, and here I was stupidly thinking there were 100's of 1,000's out in the waters... Ha ha, silly me...
   comment# 235   - Ashleigh · Victoria, Australia · Aug 21, 2011 @ 7:24am

You rednecks complain about gators being in your backyard, sums you all up BUILD YOUR HOUSES AWAY FROM THE RIVER EDGE!!!!! So what if a few gators eat your kids they'd grow up to be dumb rear orifices anyway. Gators rule rednecks suck titties look at George bush gator shud hav ate him and your stupid God. One prime exmaple of why Muslims beleive in Allah because you incest jesus willy suckers are so figgle you are the laughing stock of america. And no doubt the reply will be "well why dont you come down n hug a gator" duh duh duh duh duh duh duh buh buh you guys are smart on the keyboards seriously i'd love Nasa to leave a nuke lying in texas so you dumbasees would blow yourself up do one!
   comment# 236   - Herbert · Jersey · Sep 2, 2011 @ 5:44pm

Ask an Animal Lover who they would save. 2 animals are drowning one a baby panda the other a baby human which would they save? YOU know the answer. Why? because they hate themselves and the entire human race. Why? because they have broken God's moral laws, and they know it inside. See the ten commandments. Environmentalist believe similarly, hating God, themselves and their fellow man believing animals and plants are like modern Disney characters. God our creater made animals for our use. That doesn't mean abuse, wanton destruction, cruelty, or extinction. I appreciate all creatures and their beauty but not over human life.
   comment# 237   - jerry sutton · lpioneer calif usa · Oct 11, 2011 @ 12:15pm

go rednecks go love to watch swamp people. its a way of life that some people do not understand but it doesn"t make it wrong. we take a lot of flak up here for hunting traping ect. you only have to look at the trouble canada gets into over seal hunting. all because people just dont understand.
   comment# 238   - twp canadian hunter · winnipeg canada · Oct 15, 2011 @ 2:29pm

good kill fellas you proubly saved some poor drunkin sap from diappearing mysteriously fine job keep up the good work wish i could have gotten a slice off that big ol tail id had ate him like he would have ate me anyhow dont listen to all those tree hugers and animal right activist if it gotten one of their people they would have screaming to have it caught i appauld you guys yall must have a set that drags the ground to be in there with that monster i amagen there are a few more lurking around keep up the kill and god be with you ol boys
   comment# 239   - k smith · lufkin tx · Oct 21, 2011 @ 6:38am

I dont think I've ever seen so many tree hugging hippie comments in response to a story. What most of you fail to realize is that alligators are extremely territorial, and one that size has probably killed or injured dozens of "smaller" breeding age gators. These guys did the alligator population in that area a favor. Maybe you should educate yourself before you run your mouth off in the future, more people may listen to you, instead of completely dismissing your comments like they do now.
   comment# 240   - canadian hunter · ontario, canada · Nov 28, 2011 @ 8:47am

Awesome, that had to be quite an experience and thrill to say the least. Folks that don't hunt or have any interest in the outdoor sports such as this will never understand just what an adrenalin rush you get. I look at this as a natural thing for man to want to do. It is too bad that people have to share their negative comments rather than understanding that everyone doesn't share their beliefs.
   comment# 241   - dave wilson · tampa fl · Feb 4, 2012 @ 4:52pm

Can't believe all the stupid people writing about how bad these guys are for killing an alligator when they live in the concrete jungle and have taken out all the trees and wild life to live in NY City sky scrapers.......Yea, I'm talking about you city folks. Go ahead cast the 1st stone : p
   comment# 242   - Sue · Kernersville NC · Feb 11, 2012 @ 8:51am

Wow nothing but a bunch of hippie liberal bull s**t, telling people that they are cowards, wife beaters, and rednecks. You have no courage yourself. F*cking keyboard warriors. Btw, this country was BUILT on hunting and trapping. Don't like it? I suggest you get the hell out. I'll take being a redneck over some snooty less than intelligent person like you all.
   comment# 243   - Justin · tucson united states · Feb 22, 2012 @ 2:48pm

I respect your opinion but I grow up in Mississippi and I have seen and lived close to these animals there are thousands of them living around mississippi and flordia. And I respect those animals and what they are able to. And I love animals and I do believe that this animal would one take a child or animal without caring. I would have myself killed it meant it not killing my kid or some elses.
   comment# 244   - angela · lavaca arkansas · Mar 5, 2012 @ 9:40pm

Let's think about this... You think it's perfectly acceptable to allow human beings and domestic pets to be terrorized and eaten alive all because you think it's sad to kill an alligator? Holy crap people. So many of you bleeding hearts who cry about the death of an alligator are the same people crying about everyone's carbon foot print. Smarten up. Animals leave carbon footprints too. There are laws to protect the animals from being over-hunted, but if you allow them to over populate, they will take over. If you really think it's as simple as staying away from their water holes, you truly are stupid. Hunting is a way of life. It's food. It's clothing. It's a means of income. Not all of us are raised by filthy rich politicians who eat 5 star food, sleep in a bed covered in pure gold linen, breathe platinum air or wipe our butts with $100 bills. How many families would starve to death or have no income at all if they never hunted or trapped? How on earth do you think the Native Americans survived? If you're that worried about the next alligator to be turned into a fancy purse (that you are probably going to buy somewhere off 5th avenue), go tie yourself to it the same way those tree huggers chain themselves to a tree. I can promise you though, with that action you would be saving the alligator. You would be a scrumptious meal ensuring its existence until his belly got hungry again.
   comment# 245   - Ashley · Bath USA · Mar 28, 2012 @ 6:12pm

I am an animal lover but I don't put an animal's life over human life; I would rather have the animal killed then potentially harm someone--especially a child. We need to remember that animals cannot reason; if they happen upon a human and think that they are good for food, they will attempt to kill and eat them; I think we can all imagine the outcome if that creature had indeed gotten a hold of someone. As far as the "redneck" comments: how vapid and hateful. Since there are many people here who have assumed those men are rednecks, I suppose turnabout would be fair play in assuming that they are intolerant and jump to quick conclusions because they're ruled by their emotions.
   comment# 246   - Tee Cee · Colorado · Apr 5, 2012 @ 10:29pm

Ya'll need to realize that yes it should have been captured and put in a form of zoo, but then again what says it wouldn't kill someone there just like Shamu did at Sea World. Killing this animal was easily justified, even if it was for pure sport and fun. I'd hate to be out in the woods and have something that big coming at me. I'd shoot that darn thing in a heartbeat. PETA supporter or hunter-Safety above all.
   comment# 247   - Ass Whooper · St.Louis, USA · Apr 16, 2012 @ 6:58pm

All you tree huggers go to hell. You don't have to look at it so go eat some lettuce and and ask god for forgiveness for judging other ppl
   comment# 248   - texas · big usa · Apr 25, 2012 @ 11:31am

Hey hop off! Just because they live in Texas doesn't mean they are red necks! I'm only 13 but i have seen LOTS of gators in my life, i've caught them, i've hunted them, etc., and a 14 foot is a killer! Who cares if they killed it? It's no different that killing a 4 foot. You guys who are complaining that they are killing the planet are just pathetic! One alligator isnt going to do anything for the earth. These guys should be prod of their kill, i know i would be. Why are all of you guys complaining anyway? WHO ASKED YOU? NO ONE !!!!! no one asked for yalls opinion, this blog was put up for people like me, who hunts gators and finds this stuff interesting. So shut up and let these guys be!! Congrats on the kill (:
   comment# 249   - Lindsay · Tampa. Florida · May 13, 2012 @ 7:00am

they didnt kill him..he drowned caught in a net...good riddens...he and all really large alligators need to go!!!
   comment# 250   - Tamara · clinton usa · May 31, 2012 @ 10:23am

i am also a lover of nature and all that is in it BUT i know that big gators like this one in populated places where people camp, fish and swim need to be removed one way or the other. ( now im not saying go all chain saw massacre and kill everything in site but big ones like this yes ) yes it can sometimes be a sad thing but there are seasons put in place just to do this because of the FACT that there are so many and each year theres more and more so yes there can be AREAS that are to over populated with these creatures. yes they have been here longer then us but the human population is growing and is going to keep growing as well as gators and so on, so there will always be conflicts between us and these animals because they ARE dangerous. i mean i guess you could always start killing off the women and children to cut back on the human population so that we will not have to worry so much about our children and families possible coming across an aggressive alligator as they are spending a blissful evening on the lake or river or what ever. seems that thats what some of you people would prefer other then killing a LARGE possibly deadly creature as shown in the picture above. whos worse, you tell me... people who kill a large possibly aggressive alligator that can swallow a child whole as they swim innocently out on the lake..will say for a birthday party with family and friends ( gives more of a visual if its a birthday party ) OR people who kill a large alligator in an area where people swim and play that has all the poten
   comment# 251   - Mary · mississippi and texas · Jun 4, 2012 @ 8:56pm

Haha. You people are rediculos! Nice looking gator! Good job!
   comment# 252   - ChevyChick · savannah GA · Jun 25, 2012 @ 9:10pm

I love all the tree huggers complaining about Hunting & Fishing. I am sure they put down their burger of tuna sandwich while typing. As long as they didn't have to kill it themselves they are okay with it. Guess what tree hugger tuna sandwiches don't come from a deli they come from the sea & that burger don't come from Burger King it comes from cows. As a hunter I am proud that I take my meat from hoof to grill, no cages, no byproducts. Just natural wild game meat......Congratulations on your catch.
   comment# 253   - Tony · NY · Jun 28, 2012 @ 7:44am

Great gator guys! You people complaining about this are a bunch of sissies. You yankees don't have a clue come down here and stay awhile in Louisianna or the surrounding area. If you ever were stuck in the woods somewhere you'd never make it with your attitudes. u wouldn't be able to eat. These r the things people had to do to survive and we r using that knowledge and passing it on. If things get as bad as u claim they will I'll make it will u? God gave us rule over the animals they were put here for us to use. Although I do think we have to use good judgement on our killing of animals but there are thousands more gators so great job guys!
   comment# 254   - Ricky · Texarkana AR · Jun 28, 2012 @ 12:12pm

I just wanted to comment...
   comment# 255   - Bob · Conroe · Jun 29, 2012 @ 9:54am

helpless???? this gator could have eaten a family of ten in one sitting....orry but these animal are dangerous..... what if they ate one of your family or your pet, would anyone feel the same way???? these reptiles are dangerous....
   comment# 256   - marjorie oneal · pittsburgh usa · Jul 9, 2012 @ 12:12pm

If thy really want to show how Brave they r not get in the water with no gun or weapons and kill an Alligator ..especially if it' just or sport..I can see if it was threating someones life or attacked someone u on't haveto live near Alligators to know where the real Yahoo's
   comment# 257   - Art Wyche · Asbury Park USA · Jul 11, 2012 @ 3:38pm

WE are the apex predator here. Deal with it, tree hugger loser.
   comment# 258   - Doug · Brenham, Texas · Jul 15, 2012 @ 2:43pm

Coming from gator central I have a personal affinity and degree of respect for these animals, despite having brains like walnuts they are canny critters. However big bulls are a nuisance, coming close (surprisingly quietly) to residences, pets and children as well as becoming majorly territorial at about 7 ft (+ they're loud as hell at night during mating season!). Whilst it's all very well and good spouting that hunting is a barbaric pastime indulged by 'rednecks', ask rather is there really any form of humane culling you can exact in a swamp or a lake? No.. its still guns,ropes and people willing/ABLE to do it under a state regulated tag system. Plus big gators die from excess lactic acid, overheating and stress when captured so relocation is a tenuous option . So suck it up city dwellers,hippies and bipedal ignorami, unfortunately there's no other practical way of controlling their massive population, we tried sex ed slide shows but it all felt rather silly - Js.
   comment# 259   - Js · Louisiana · Jul 23, 2012 @ 11:32pm

This post quit producing....sad. I was hoping the red dots would continue explaining how us Americans need to handle our alligator population. Wild tigers in India are endangered mostly because of the lack of enforced regulations which we have in a country that is by far more advanced as far as Wildlife conservation goes. The simple fact that overpopulation can easily occur causing crowded conditions, genetic inferiority and disease to an entire species is motivation enough for any intelligent reasonable animal lover. Every species has a carrying capacity and it is our job to make sure that isn't exceeded. I have a degree in wildlife specializing in herpetology and want to state a few facts. There are no American Alligators living natively on foreign soil, the population is booming and as far as genetics go an Alligator that size would've passed on his genes to numerous offspring, People don't play god or anything for that matter but conservationists do countless hours of research in order to form a strict management plan for species such as the Alligator and so called rednecks fund the research that in turn preserve the habitat that is essential to the survival of all wildlife. If you aren't professionally or self educated you are simply posting an opinion which just makes points such as mine even more valid. This simple hunter+gator+expensive tag+recognition for the sport=a solid base to conserve the species. Science not some Clown Hindu diseased and outdated religion.
   comment# 260   - Clarke · Florida · Aug 27, 2012 @ 10:45pm

"Such a terrible way for it to die" Duh.. at the age of this gator I'm willing to bet it has drown a human before and also a few beloved pets. There is an over population of gators anyway... I say Open Season on them. When those snakes in the Everglades eat up everything that moves, What will the alligator eat then.. They are already coming up into our yards in search of food..
   comment# 261   - Roxie · Naples USA · Sep 24, 2012 @ 6:47am

How about this all the people that do not agree with the harvesting of animals come and swim with these alligators or other creatures that cause fatalities or injures let it happen to them. Or how about let them watch one of their children get mauled and attacked by one of them. Alligators can be a problem but so can deer, pigs, and many others they have became of abundance and cause vehicle accidents along with the spread of desease. You may say simply move to a city or away from them but they are also there too. Also if everyone move to the city then the cities have to grow causing the destruction of these creatures habitats. Lastly these boys did not drown this alligator it drown its self many cases of debre and trash coming from cities are killing more animal then sportsmen kill every year
   comment# 262   - John · Pleasanton, Texas · Apr 18, 2013 @ 9:30am

great job he would have killed somebody soon
   comment# 263   - R d pike · Arcadia Fl · May 31, 2013 @ 1:17pm

i love how most of the comments are against hunting and killing animals how do these people thing beef and chicken and pork get to the markets anyways theres not magical fairies doing it. like actually have an idea about what youre saying... nice gator boys state record material
   comment# 264   - northerner · debra canada · Jun 4, 2013 @ 12:21pm

So whos the dangerous killer??? Human or croc??? I see a dead croc!!! Stop saying these are killers. Humans have wiped out 95% of the worlds wild tigers. Explain that??? We have also completely wiped out species of harmless animal, explain that??? Humans are ignorant and do not deserve to be part of this planet. We have not earned it. These guys represent everything thats bad about humans. They have no respect for this animal and that means they are capable of little respect for anything else in their lives. What will these guys abuse once they killed off all the wildlife???????
   comment# 265   - tone · u,k, · Jul 24, 2013 @ 10:52am

Tone, you should look in the mirror if you want to see an ignorant human that represents everything that's bad about humans. Read Clarke's comment. Or even better, gather your family and camp out at a Louisiana bayou for a coupe weeks. We could use some human population control too.
   comment# 266   - Tom · Dallas, Texas · Sep 4, 2013 @ 8:56pm
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