OKEECHOBEE, FL (WFLA) – A rare sight to see and even rarer catch: Alligator hunters in Okeechobee, Florida captured a massive gator, measuring around 15-feet long, on their farm over the weekend.
Outwest Farms Inc. owner Lee Lightsey was doing a guided hunt with his 9-year-old son, a guide and two hunters on Saturday when they came across the gator. Lightsey says the gator measured around 15-feet and weighed in at 780 pounds. The state record for weight of a captured gator is 1,043 pounds.
“Gators that size are 100-years old. They’re few and far between,” Lightsey says.
The giant gator was found in bull pasture on the property. Outwest Farms tells News Channel 8 they believe the gator was killing their cattle, due to remains they found.
The gator was so big, the hunters needed to use a front-end loader to pull it out of the water.
The viral image was taken right after the kill. In the picture is Lightsey’s 9-year-old son Mason.
According to CNN affiliate WPLG, the remains of the alligator are being harvested. Experts tell them they can get between 100 and 200 pounds of alligator meat from the tail alone.