A massive, 15-foot, 1,011-pound alligator taken on the opening weekend of alligator season in the the West Alabama Zone is the new Alabama state record and possibly the largest gator ever taken by a hunter.
Mandy Stokes of Thomaston in eastern Marengo County drew the tag and will be credited with the kill. She and her husband, John, and her brother-in-law Kevin Jenkins, subdued the half-ton gator with the help of Kevin’s two children, Savannah, 16, and Parker, 14.
It was the first alligator hunt for anyone in the group. They were hunting from a 17-foot boat.
While there are no official records for alligator kills kept by state wildlife officials in Alabama, the alligator was subsubstantially larger than the Fancher Gator, the previosly largest gator ever taken in Alabama.
The Fancher Gator was 14-feet, 2- inches long and weighed 838 pounds.
There is also no official record-keeper for alligators taken in the U.S., but Safari Club International lists the 14-foot, 8-inch, 880-pound alligator taken by Justin Wells of Bossier City, La., in 2007 as the current world record. That gator was taken in Texas.