Now THIS is a gator… and YES…it really was caught in an irrigation ditch on the Sumter County side of Lake Blackshear in GA. The monster is 13 feet, four inches long, 57 inches in circumference to the chest and has an estimated weight between 700 and 750 pounds. OMG!
“You’re perfectly safe. These animals exist. They’ve been here for centuries, they’ve been existing with people for centuries and they’re gonna continue to,” said Brent Howze, a wildlife biologist for the Georgia Department of Natural Resources (DNR).
The gator was picked up by about three people Monday in an irrigation ditch on the West side of Lake Blackshear off Stathem Lakefront Road in Sumter County.
The monster is 13 feet, four inches long, 57 inches in circumference to the chest and has an estimated weight between 700 and 750 pounds.
DNR believes the gator may have been 50 years old but researches are working to find the exact age.
He’d been in the ditch for about a week. It’s not common for gators to stay in a spot that long. He was found in poor condition and was believed to be dying, so he had to be euthanized.
“Once we got him on bank and could assess him, we noticed he had several injuries including previous gunshot wounds,” said Howze.
DNR said gators only get that big when they stay away from people.
“The majority of alligator, human interactions or alligator attacks that have happened are usually people waiting in a water body, that step on an alligator,” explained Howze.
Humans are not a food source for the four-legged animals. And hunting is a way to naturally keep the gator population from getting too high.
“As far as alligators just attacking people, it’s extremely rare,” said Howze.
Either ways, I wouldn’t like to encounter such a monster alligator! Would you?