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Alabama hunters haul in 450-kilogram alligator

Alabama Wildlife and Freshwater Fisheries biologists were able to measure the alligator, but weighing it posed a challenge.

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The alligator was caught in the Alabama River near Camden, Ala., by Mandy Stokes and family. (Source: AP photo)

A group of Alabama hunters are celebrating the catch of a lifetime: A 15-foot (4.5-meter)-long alligator weighing more than 1,000 pounds (450 kilograms).
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Al.com reports the monster gator was pulled from the water in south Alabama early Saturday during the state’s alligator hunting season.
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Alabama Wildlife and Freshwater Fisheries biologists were able to measure the alligator, but weighing it posed a challenge.

The first attempt completely destroyed a winch assembly used to hoist most average gators. So they had to use a backhoe to lift the animal.
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The alligator is the largest ever legally killed by an Alabama hunter. It was caught by Mandy and John Stokes, Kevin Jenkins and his children, 16-year-old Savannah and 14-year-old Parker.