In addition to being known as a state to retire to live in after retirement, with the aim of enjoying a few years of tranquility and good weather, Florida is also famous for housing extensive wildlife in a significant part of its territory. Recently, a hunting group reported capturing a massive 919-pound alligator in Central Florida, near the Orlando area.
The measurements of this animal are truly surprising. In addition to weighing hundreds of pounds, this immense crocodile measured just over 13 feet long.
According to Fox 35 Orlando, the leader of the expedition, Kevin Brotz, along with two friends went out on a common hunting day that turned out to be a real challenge for the three men. Already deep in the water channels, managed to identify the huge creature, which took them more than three hours of work to effectively capture.
In a reflection for the television channel, Brotz, who owns a business that hunts alligators, pigs, turkeys and other animals, Florida Gator Hunting, said that he had not planned for it to be a hunting trip, and he was surprised. come across a large crocodile. However, he never thought it would happen that day.
After hunting about 1,000 alligators in his life between personal hunts and trips with clients, Brotz said he knew that catching a big one was like “finding a needle in a haystack.” But the unexpected happened, although the team could not get hold of the animal immediately, as it resisted fiercely for a long time.
At first, they tried to approach the place, but the alligator drove them away, so they decided to hunt in another place for several hours, until they returned to the area to fight a three-hour battle.
As Brotz explained, It was after the first 40 minutes that they managed to get a hook into the crocodile. “Then the fight started,” said the man, who described that the animal was not moving quickly, but rather was moving away slowly, which, in his experience, meant that not only was it large, but he knew it was being hunted.
It wasn’t until more than three hours later and with multiple hooks, harpoons and bullets that they managed to catch the alligator. After they managed to get it to shore, they tied it with duct tape before loading it into the boat..
According to the local television channel, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission has registered that the heaviest alligator ever hunted was 1042 pounds. In the images published by Brotz himself on his website, the imposing size of the animal could be observed, which, from head to tail, almost tripled the height of the man.
In Florida, hunting some wild animals is allowed by law. The official alligator hunting season begins in mid-August and ends in November. The same activity is also regulated for deer, pigs, turkeys and other species.