Scotties Toy Box

September 15, 2010


Filed under: Animals — Scottie @ 16:10

These first 2 pictures were taken by a KTBS helicopter flying over Lake Thomas, Winter Haven, Florida.  The helicopter pilot and the game wardens on the ground were in communication via 2-way radios.
Here is a transcript of their conversation.
‘Air1, have you a visual on the gator, Over’
‘Approaching inlet now, Over’
‘Roger Air1’
‘Gator sighted. Looks like it has a small animal in its mouth….moving in, over’
‘Roger Air1’
‘Oh Crap it’s a Deer!’
‘Confirm Air1.. Did you say Deer?, Over’
‘Roger………a Deer in it’s mouth….looks like a full sized buck….that’s a big gator, boys.  We’re gonna need more men, Over’
‘Roger Air1…..can you give me a idea on size of animal, over’
‘Its a big one…..25 feet at least, please advise, gator is heading to inlet….do I pursue?, over’

That has to be a HUGE gator to have a whole deer in its mouth!
The deer was later found to be a mature Stag.
If you ski at the west end of the lake —- try not to fall overboard.

This alligator was found between Lakeland and Winter Haven Florida near the house of Anita and Charlie Rogers, who could hear the beast bellowing in the night.
Their neighbors had been telling them that they had seen a mammoth alligator in the waterway that runs behind their house, but they dismissed the stories as exaggerations.
‘I didn’t believe it,’ Charles Rogers said, but after the alligator was killed, they realized the stories were, if anything, understated.
Game wardens were forced to shoot the alligator.  Joe Goff, a 6’5″ tall game warden, shown below, walks past the 28-foot, 1-inch long alligator that he helped shoot and kill in the Rogers’ back yard.



    Hello Diana. Thanks for writing in and giving us this information. It was a pretty big gator, but as always it is great to know the true story. Hugs

    Comment by Diana Pawelski — August 30, 2011 @ 13:07

    • Snopes has been snoped and been found wanting. Their report may or may not be accurate. It normally depends on whether or not the story fits the Liberal Demorat agenda.

      Comment by Scott Denison — March 28, 2016 @ 15:35

      • Sorry heard this several times, always from someone with an ax to grind. I really don’t care, as I don’t use snopes. I use a different site. But thanks for the comment. Hugs

        Comment by Scottie — March 28, 2016 @ 16:17

      • Agree Scott. I read where they were in trouble for false info

        Comment by Teresa Wehunt — March 29, 2016 @ 19:10

      • Liberal Democrat Agenda… you mean like living in the real world and using things like facts.

        Comment by Nelson Rose — July 7, 2016 @ 11:01

      • Living in the real world and using facts don’t normally go hand in hand with the liberal agenda.

        Comment by Jeff — April 12, 2017 @ 20:24

        • Troll much Jeff. You do realize I beleive that this is a blog run by a very left liberal. Hugs

          Comment by Scottie — April 12, 2017 @ 20:26

      • Then Scott you just proven how a liberal site like this lies. The second picture was taken in the lowcountry of South Carolina. A little town called Moncks Corner. So thanks for exposing the hypocrisy. hahaha

        Comment by Rob — April 13, 2017 @ 18:02

        • Hello Rob, the joke must be on you. I have written before in the comments that the truth of the story, the place and detail could be wrong. IF you read the comments there are a few people who claim to have known it happened in their town or this or that place. You will also notice some say it is a fake, others the truth. So say the gator couldn’t be, while others swear to it. There is no lie here. Also if this is the greatest example of Liberal blogging lies… Yahoo Great. We are doing great if this is the worst we do, I will take that as a compliment , thanks. Have a great one Rob. Hugs

          Comment by Scottie — April 13, 2017 @ 18:55

      • However, if reported by a republican no snopes needed. Everyone knows it’s an alternative fact and pointing out the lie will result in misspelled expletives, lack of sentence structure and retorts of “snowflake” & “libtard” from those with low brain capacity.

        Comment by F trump — April 13, 2017 @ 21:14

      • spoken like a true wingnut

        Comment by fu — April 15, 2017 @ 00:12

      • Snipes cirws all it’s sources and does not have a liberal slant because they have debunked rumors against Bush and Trump as well as Obama and the Clinton’s. Those who tried to discredit them with unfounded allegations of liberal bias have been unmasked,mthey disliked fact checkers in general because they disliked facts, preferring alt truths, which literally means lies.

        Comment by Janet — April 15, 2017 @ 00:59

      • Why do these asses have to Bring politics into this.

        Comment by Deb — April 15, 2017 @ 17:47

        • Agreed. I have no ideas. Maybe they are lonely and can’t get a date. Hugs

          Comment by Scottie — April 15, 2017 @ 18:04

      • The ‘Liberal Domorat [sic] agenda? You’re okay. Yes, that’s sarcasm.

        Comment by marylamb — April 15, 2017 @ 21:45

      • Spoken like a true Republiturd. 💩

        Comment by Cheryl — April 17, 2017 @ 11:38

      • The “real world”? You mean the one where Bill Clinton’s obscene treatment of woman is totally acceptable, but vulgar comments by a non-Liberal are condemned? Where butchering living babies is considered a “right”? Where teaching Islam in Public School is acceptable but teaching Christianity or Judaism is not? Where mention of any allegation of wrong doing by Democrats against Trump is followed by saying “There is no proof”, but allegations of collusion with Russia to “fix” the election, have no disclaimer? where the very lack of proof is the reason for the investigation? Now I ask you, is this logical? Or, is it political?

        Comment by Tom Fenner — April 18, 2017 @ 09:36

        • Oh Tom, Tom, Tom…. feel better? Want a xanax? Dear you couldn’t have hit farther from the truth of things if you had really tired too. I do give you credit, a little practice and you could be a low level troll. So to answer your question, No you are not logical, and yes you are very political. You mom will be so proud of your avid Fox News watching. She knows would not sully your self to listen to anything that was not from the propaganda part of the republican party. I was laughing at how you reversed everything 180 to try to make the Republicans seem like the victims those little sensitive snowflakes like to pretend they are. Do see your doctor Tom, he can help you get your head out of your ass. Do be safe now, use knee protection when kneeling for long periods in praise of those holy republicans taking everything away from you while you brag at how smart you are. Hugs

          Comment by Scottie — April 18, 2017 @ 11:07

      • Hahahaha are you in one of those weed friendly states? Put that stuff down. The paranoia will fade and reality will come back into focus. SMH

        Comment by Katherine James — April 19, 2017 @ 00:31

      • I ‘miss neither liberal nor user conservative. I use Snopes, why? Because it a a easy to use accurate fact checking site. When I first heard the negative reports I checked them out my self. I found two things they posted that were inaccurate, and those items contained corrections. For a long time after I checked with several other sites along with Snopes, but since they all seem to agree with the facts in hand I went back to Snopes. False negative press on the successful usually comes from sour grapes.

        Comment by SC — April 21, 2017 @ 10:56

      • fuck snopes they are garbage.

        Comment by Bob the builder — April 21, 2017 @ 23:29

        • Bob, Oh Bob. Please remember friction causes surface burns and sex with a whole corporation would cause great pain. Make sure to use lots of lube and to use ice after. 🙂 Hugs

          Comment by Scottie — April 22, 2017 @ 09:39

      • You are an ass. Liberal democrats have nothing to do with stupid internet stories about alligators. You trolls are a trip. Anything you don’t like, it’s the democrats. Thank God that are REAL republicans that actually have brains.

        Comment by JJ — April 24, 2017 @ 18:34

      • What other site do you use instead of Snopes?

        Comment by Jeff — April 25, 2017 @ 13:37

      • Actually no, please learn to research. Snopes is just fine. SMDH. There is not one story on snopes that had been proven to be falsely fact checked. In fact they are pretty good. If they can not fact check they are very honest about saying so. Only radical right wingers tend to diss on Snopes. Besides it is always good practice to use at least 5 resources when fact checking anyway.

        Comment by Larry Reynolds — July 13, 2017 @ 10:31

      • Snopes posts articles under other names to get you to check their page to see if it is true. Then you get to see all their wonderful advertisements. LOL

        Comment by elizabeth — July 15, 2017 @ 12:22

        • And where is your proof. I so dislike people to make a blanket unproven claim and never give any sign of it being true. LOL dumb. Hugs

          Comment by Scottie — July 15, 2017 @ 12:51

      • Did you seriously turn a story about an alligator into a political agenda piece? 😂

        Comment by Niagara — July 16, 2017 @ 12:31

      • How is a liberal agenda fulfilled by debunking a giant alligator story?

        Comment by irukandji — November 20, 2017 @ 16:44

        • Good question. Have to ask the people who think it does. Hugs

          Comment by Scottie — November 20, 2017 @ 16:46

    • I don’t know about Snopes, but the pic of the hanging gator is a fake. A very bad fake. Unless giant gators don’t cast shadows. Lots more wrong with it.

      Comment by Big Beard — April 17, 2017 @ 22:44

      • Re the shadow, if you look you can see the shadow of the yellow strap heading off to the left. The gator’s hanging off the ground and if you look where the strap shadow and the officer’s shadow fall it looks like the gator’s would be out of frame.

        Comment by Scott — April 21, 2017 @ 21:11

    • Typical ARSEWHOLE comment.

      Comment by Marty Martin — April 27, 2017 @ 07:41

    • When did the news become liberal or conservative? The truth knows no affiliate is true or false

      Comment by Marcus — April 29, 2017 @ 14:17

    • Tom, what living “babies” are being butchered? You apparently don’t know what a baby is. And where’s this evidence that teaching the fairy tales of Islam is ok, but not the fairy tales if Christianity and Judaism?

      Comment by Kenneth Browning — July 16, 2017 @ 13:31

  2. I am very very happy thay got that sucker.

    Hello Jennie, please see Diana’s comment. She gave the link to more information on this gator. Hugs

    Comment by jennie — August 30, 2011 @ 13:47

    • Your just wrong.

      Comment by Dawn sapp — April 14, 2017 @ 17:29

      • Well someone is so sure of her facts… Hugs

        Comment by Scottie — April 14, 2017 @ 18:11

      • @Dawn sapp
        I’m supposing that you meant to use the word – you’re – not your.

        Comment by marylamb — April 15, 2017 @ 21:50

  3. I wonder how old that gator was?

    Hello George…I don’t think I would have stopped long enough to ask him…I would have been well out of hearing range before I touched ground. LOL Hugs

    Comment by George Leask — May 11, 2012 @ 06:42

    • 40 years old

      Comment by gaterman — July 7, 2016 @ 07:52

      • Thanks for the comment. Hugs

        Comment by Scottie — July 7, 2016 @ 12:50

      • The largest gator caught in Florida was over 15 ft. Presumed to be about 100 years old. Female alligators usually top out around 10 ft. But, males can grow much longer. Can you imagine alligators living 100 years?
        I grew up on a large lake off The St. John’s River. We use to have one that lived in a canal a few hundred yards from our house. We estimated him to be about 13-14 feet. You couldn’t hunt them back then. They were considered endangered.

        Comment by Gina — May 31, 2017 @ 03:06

        • Hello Gina. Thank you for the feedback. I hope others read your comment before they say something they do not have evidence for. Be well. Hugs

          Comment by Scottie — May 31, 2017 @ 12:29

  4. It’s a hoax. Check it out —>

    Hello Buck. Thanks for the update. I get lots of stuff from emails. I hope you will write in more often. Thanks again. Hugs

    Comment by Buck — September 8, 2012 @ 11:19

  5. anything is possible but I don’t think that Gator was taken from lake Thomas. I use to live on Lake Thomas and never seen a gator over 6 foot. plus deer are rarely seen in that area

    Hello Mark. You know the two posts I made on huge Gators are the ones most searched? With everything I have posted about, the gator picture and the shopping bags remain the most looked for. You could be right about it all. I got the picture and story from an email and have no idea of its truth. It seemed Ok,and the pictures were different and from some one I knew. But as your from that area I will go along with what you say. Hugs

    Comment by Mark — September 26, 2012 @ 10:16

    • If you go along with what he says is there a reason that this post is still up? Other thanvthr attention still being drawn to your website by it?

      As a biologist (herpetologist specifically with years of experience with both wild and captive crocodylians) I can tell you for certain that this is a falsified story. Were it anywhere near real ( say 16 ft) I would have heard about it. This is an impressive, above average bull Alligator sitting at a bit over 13 ft.

      Comment by Jay — April 13, 2017 @ 19:19

      • Hello Jay. I leave it up for a couple reasons. First if you read the comments many people not only say it is real, but they claim it happened in their town or their relative, their friend. Second some attacked Snopes and some defended Snopes on the post. Another reason is I truly don’t care about the story, true or not. I was interest at first, but years have gone by now. I leave it up because it lets people air their opinion, letting the rest of us see their thinking. Mostly why it is still up is I am far to interested in other things, and far too disinterested in the gator story to do more than answer comments. IF it gets to be a problem it is gone. You are correct it does bring a lot of traffic, and I hope those people do read other posts which I do care about. Have a great one Jay. Be well. Hugs

        Comment by Scottie — April 13, 2017 @ 19:26

      • My site is based on nothing but the truth because I am a liberal and very virtuous otherwise I wouldn’t be a liberal. All Republicans are liars. I have a post that I know is untrue but I keep it for clickbait to draw traffic. Please don’t challenge my hypocrisy because I am a liberal, therefore I am more virtuous than any Republican. The definition of liberal logic.

        Comment by Luna — April 14, 2017 @ 12:32

        • Wow, not even sure where that came from Luna. But OK, be well. Hugs

          Comment by Scottie — April 14, 2017 @ 13:33

  6. I dont see the need to kill the Gator relocation to the Florida Everglades or a wild life santuary would’ve been more appropriate. The Alligator was probably 70yrs old know human had been reportedly attack by the gator. It was senseless to shoot the gator.

    Hello and welcome. I am not sure if we have the whole story, normally they are very careful about killing gators around here. However if they are a threat to people in some way they do destroy them. I have nothing against gators, but I do respect them. I stay out of their habitat and prefer they try to avoid mine. LOL…. best wises, hugs.

    Comment by T. Dunbar — April 24, 2013 @ 15:53

    • T. Dunbar I agree with you! That’s sad they killed the Gator. That gator could of lived a few more years! It didn’t hurt anyone, but the deer. Hey he has to eat! Deer are parr of the food chain. He’ll humans eat them too! Gators are scary indeed, but it shouldn’t have been killed. The Everglades would of been perfect for the old reptile!

      Comment by Shany B. — March 13, 2016 @ 22:15

    • I agree. 100%. There was no reason to kill the gator.

      Comment by Amy — March 22, 2016 @ 00:23

      • I have no answers… Sorry. Hugs

        Comment by Scottie — March 22, 2016 @ 12:31

      • I totally agree with you there how sad that is

        Comment by mercedes — April 7, 2016 @ 00:57

    • Wow, I totally agree with you. Never hurt anyone or apparently he was never seen before. If he made it to that length he had to be old, he earned to be relocated…Not death!

      Comment by deanna blanchard — July 7, 2016 @ 22:21

    • 28 ft. seems like that’s in the big salty croc range, maybe even larger than them… but also take into account that florida deer are 1/2 the size of normal deer from up north… I have lived here for 36 yrs. and every record gator killed has been a 15+ ft. but never over 16 ft.

      Comment by Glenn Hester — April 14, 2017 @ 18:42

      • Hello Glenn. I think you will find in the comments are many people who agree with you. Some people say it is fake, some say it happened else where, some say it happened to their relatives. So unknown right now. Your guess is better than mine. Hugs

        Comment by Scottie — April 14, 2017 @ 18:47

  7. Why didn’t someone call The Gator Boys to come and catch the alligator instead of them just shooting it? I wonder how old that alligator was?

    Hello Dawn. I don’t know when the pictures were taken, or even really if the story with them is true. It was sent to me by email, and I posted it. I have no idea how old the gator was. Be well, thanks for writing. Hugs

    Comment by Dawn — May 28, 2013 @ 16:16

  8. That’s alot of bs, if u go to you can view largest gator in florida taken was 14′ 3 1/2″. taken in Orlando 2010.

    Hope your enjoying my blog Catherine. Be well, have joy in your life, and best wishes. Hugs

    Comment by catherine — June 18, 2013 @ 20:56

  9. what a shame why kill him????

    Hello Allen. I really don’t know. I posted this because it came to me from an elderly lady I knew. I have been told by several people it is a fake. I have no information on it, and I don’t know if the gator is real, if it was a hazard or if someone doctored the photo. I do not like killing just to kill. However in the area I live in we have to sometimes remove or kill a gator that becomes a threat to the local humans. Hugs

    Comment by allen — August 14, 2013 @ 12:25

    • don’t post unless you know it is true.

      Comment by mckniffj — March 20, 2016 @ 19:21

      • No you don’t get to take that with me, I checked it out on scopes and they said it was true. I don’t have to prove anything I post, just the reason why. You do what you like with your blog, I will do what I like with mine. Have a great life, and hugs.

        Comment by Scottie — March 20, 2016 @ 19:35

  10. that is some story, and I know it real, but ik it may have been hard but why didn’t they just put it in captivity I mean its the largest alligator ever an du shoot it I mean really btw im an animal person 😀

    Hello Lydia, I am also an animal person. The recent hunting season on gators is not something I support. Huge old gators killed for human sport. Not right. As to the story you are commenting on, there is a debate as it it is true, and I have no idea why humans kill for sport instead of a compound or zoo of some type. Hugs

    Comment by Lydia Arrowood — August 28, 2013 @ 20:33

  11. I first saw “Big George” (my father named him) in 2003 when I bought a house on Lake Thomas Fl. He looked to be about 12-13 feet long at that time. Nobody knows for sure how old they can get or how big. It is known that they grow about one and a half feet a year in the wild to 4 feet a year in captivity. This is because of diet. They are also cannibalistic. Big George pretty much cleaned out all the Muscovy Ducks, geese and other alligators on the lake before getting shot. I still never see any gators on the lake anymore. My point being In 2003 at 13 feet and growing a foot and a half a year, by 2010 he could have conceivably been 28 feet long. By 2005 and the years that followed I could easily see he was still growing. I was first told about him by a neighborhood kid and dismissed it as nonsense. After see him first hand I couldn’t believe my eyes. He looked like a dragon without wings. It has now been years since I’ve seen him or any other Alligator on the lake. based on the size and crunching the numbers on possible growth. It’s “Big George”. I believe it’s been about 4 years since my wife and I last saw him. So the time frame seems right. I stumbled across this article by accident this morning. Some people wouldn’t believe that a man could be 9 feet tall either but that has happened too. Lots of gators are over 14 feet long and are taken illegally because of the value of their hides and meat. They aren’t in the records books because they aren’t being reported. Most are pulled out of populated areas 6-8 footers) and shot or released into unpopulated poaching areas by Florida Fish and Game. Problems with story…KTBS is 3 NEWS SHREVEPORT, LA however what are they doing using their helicopters hunting gators in Shreveport LA with Fish and Game?

    Hello Joe. Thank you very much for writing. I have taken a lot of flax for posting that story. I had no way to add anything to it, to prove it or disprove it. I am so glad to have someone who actually saw this wonderful force of nature. Hugs

    Comment by Joe — June 6, 2014 @ 12:27

    • No way an american alligator grew to 28 feet… secondly when this picture camr out 4 years ago,tge gator was not even in florida… it is not a saltwater Crocodile…. salties are the biggest on the planet, and they rarely get ove 20 feet…. bullshit story….

      Comment by Bugs bunny — April 10, 2017 @ 09:44

      • Hello Bugs. Did you read the other comments? It might have kept you from writing what was already said several times. Hugs

        Comment by Scottie — April 10, 2017 @ 11:54

  12. Until it eats one of your children , then you will sit upon your soap box and preach to those about killing some alligator, but you will be the first ones to say ” why didn’t the take that thing out sooner” if it killed one of your loved ones,
    Some people are never happy with the result of a kill, I think they are a problem, and need to be neutralized at some point, after all , we are at the top of the food chain. And i darn sure don’t want to be alligator food.

    Comment by Robert — October 31, 2015 @ 16:23

    • Robert, sad really sad. I have lived in Florida around gators since 1994. I have had them in my year, in my back yard, in my pond, under my car, and next to my golf cart. I have watched them walk right down the center of our little development’s street. I don’t even need to tell you that with care, with respect, you can get along quite well with out killing them, or the ones that need to be moved can be humanly caught and relocated. Sorry that you think we need to kill or be killed, but we are not that bad off yet. Hugs

      Comment by Scottie — October 31, 2015 @ 17:18

    • and how tf will it get to your children again? lol this aint no horror movie idiot LMAO!!!!!!!

      Comment by Bradley V Primus — March 14, 2016 @ 10:10

      • This was an old post. Suddenly it is getting all these attacks. I don’t know if it is true, I don’t care if it is true. I don’t know why they killed the gator or what threat it manifested. I have seen gators removed for being a threat and I have seen them left alone when they are not. I quite frankly am not interested in a further discussion on the this post. I will edit these last few comments to take out words that are offensive, but if I keep getting flack on the post from six years ago I will lock the comments on it. Be well. Hugs

        Comment by Scottie — March 14, 2016 @ 12:57

    • They were here before us…we kill them and anything else we come in contact with…not that i celebrate animals harming anyone but why kill before necessary…

      Comment by James Mann — March 17, 2016 @ 17:44

  13. Why kill it? Dumb if u ask me. Could have walked with dinosaurs for all we know. Lived that long. No we had to kill it. When it’s that big and mature. He lived That long without us messing with him. How long u think he could have kept living without us?

    Comment by shaun — March 14, 2016 @ 01:24

  14. Why kill such a historic animal what that @@@@@@ do? he just got a deer aint hurt nobody i thought yall admire the ecosystem

    Comment by Bradley V Primus — March 14, 2016 @ 10:07

    • I edited this to take out a word I found offencive. Other wise I have no more comment on this post. Hugs

      Comment by Scottie — March 14, 2016 @ 13:00

  15. Any gator that size should never be killed he had lived a long time and man had no right to kill this beast.. he was in his habitat. . Should have just relocated him

    Comment by ryan — March 14, 2016 @ 16:29

    • Hello Ryan. I really don’t want to keep on about this post. Some say it is not even true. I agree we shouldn’t ever kill anything unless we need to. Ryan.. and any others who think I want these creatures killed… understand, I live in an area of them. I recently posted of watching out my bedroom window while a young one, three to four feet, walked down my yard. I did not go near him, and yes I saw many stupid people where I live go out looking for the gator walking around, but he went under my fence, and through the churchyard and to a nearby brook / creek and a nearby pond. Look I also have seen gators that had to be captured and some were killed during that as they were a threat to human life. I also try to stop the pouching of gators, which sadly does happen in our area, and we find the dumped remains. I am not in favor of killing unless it is to save life. I am not willing to condemn saving life nor will I congratulate taking it, the needs need to be balanced. If the post was true and the animal could have been taken to a place where he wouldn’t threaten the environment or human life, great, other wise he needed to be dealt with. This one post gets more comments than any other I have done. People miss the ones on boys being raped, my own stories of abuse and rape, and the thousands of other posts I have done. Yet rather than cry for me, or ask how they could help, I get constant flax on the gator. This post may not even be a real happening according to some who wrote where as my abuse was real. But let’s all mourn the gator. Be well. Hugs

      Comment by Scottie — March 14, 2016 @ 18:21

      • It’s sad the priorities some people have. It’s easier for people to talk about a gator and voice an opinion than to speak about a person being raped or someone being abused. Especially when it’s family. People feel like it’s already a taboo action, so why discuss it. Sorry for all the attacks but you open yourself up on the web and there are a lot of questionable people out there just waiting to say something!

        Comment by Mellissa Wingate — May 9, 2016 @ 18:55

        • The attacks about that old post don’t bother me. You might want to know I was an abused child, emotionally, physically, and sexually. So I don’t understand your comment and your comments shift? Old gator post to sexual abuse is a big step….Hugs

          Comment by Scottie — May 9, 2016 @ 19:13

        • I am sorry Mellissa. I went to the post and read the comments and see how you went in the direction you did. I had not read that response in a long time and did not remember what I wrote there about abuse. Again, sorry for jumping to the wrong conclusion. Hugs

          Comment by Scottie — May 9, 2016 @ 20:14

  16. Just kill it that’s the answer he was here fist but kill it now your a man WOW

    Comment by Don — March 14, 2016 @ 20:59

  17. Reblogged this on Fishing With Nolan.

    Comment by Nolan Chamberlain — March 14, 2016 @ 21:39

    • Thank you Nolan but I should warn you there are many people who take issue with the whole post. Be well and happy. Hugs

      Comment by Scottie — March 14, 2016 @ 22:15

  18. To begin with, the call letters for t.v. and radio stations in Florida begin with W not K, second i live about 60 miles from winter haven, and i’ve heard nothing of this, as for as i know gators in fl. Dont get much past 13.5-14 feet in length…sooooo i call B.S. Im sure some get bigger, but not 28’~ js

    Comment by Gary Miller — March 15, 2016 @ 18:44

    • I totally agree they don’t get that big even in captivity!!! I have friends that have gator farms and the called BS TOO.

      Comment by Eric Bray — March 25, 2016 @ 12:48

      • thank you for the comment. Hugs

        Comment by Scottie — March 25, 2016 @ 13:27

  19. Looking at the way the gator is, you can tell they took the photo in a way to make it look bigger. No doubt this was probably be a pretty big gator

    Comment by Keri — March 15, 2016 @ 19:09

  20. Pretty shitty they killed him. People suck.

    Comment by Tammy — March 16, 2016 @ 06:49


    Comment by Antoinette Mendick — March 16, 2016 @ 07:20

    • I’m too annoyed that folks think our neighborhood is ‘doggie-day-care’ & let their dogs roam free! There’s a LEASH LAW here in our County, but it’s systematically ignored. So folks like myself – I’m disabled – have to take our lives in our hands to drive with dogs roaming & sitting in the narrow road – with no shoulder (I could run off the road into a steep gully & die), plus I’m terrorized one will jump me & I’ll fall & perhaps be killed via hitting my head, or break something that won’t heal! So IF their little poochie is poached – it’s THE NEGLIGENT OWNER’s FAULT!!!!!! Sad for the poochies tho! A gator that big is a HUGE menace, and should be relocated or IF it’s too big to catch, it needs ‘to go’!

      Comment by Mrs. T — April 30, 2017 @ 22:44

  22. Why would they kill him/her? I don’t se the need to kill him/her.

    Comment by Ali — March 17, 2016 @ 21:05

    • So dangerous! Glad it is dead! I am so sick of idiots putting dangerous creatures ahead of humans & pets! If you liberal people love monsters like this – then go swim where they live & hunt! In fact – move there!

      Comment by A. wax — April 11, 2017 @ 14:27

      • Answered in the prior one. Thanks Hugs

        Comment by Scottie — April 11, 2017 @ 15:19

    • So dangerous! Glad it is dead! I am so sick of idiots putting dangerous creatures ahead of humans & pets! If you liberal people love monsters like this – then go swim where they live & hunt! In fact – move there! New comment added!

      Comment by A. wax — April 11, 2017 @ 14:28

      • Hello A. Wax. I think there are some times a “nuisance” dangerous animal has to be put down for the good of the community. However there are places and times that dangerous animals can be safely allowed to live and roam. It is entirely a matter of using our common sense and reason. Thanks. Hugs

        Comment by Scottie — April 11, 2017 @ 15:11

      • I would feed you to an alligator just to shut you up. I can tell your voice is obnoxious just by reading your posts. Go run with scissors… into the Everglades ✌🏼

        Comment by CJustine — April 20, 2017 @ 19:36

      • (Not posted towards you, Scottie 👍🏼)

        Comment by CJustine — April 20, 2017 @ 19:37

  23. all these cryers and whiner on here saying it was wrong to kill the gator. really? an animal that size is a threat to humans and pets and,yes, it could very easily get ahold of a child. children and pets are curious and while a pet may just be curious about a strange bubble or ripple on the water surface and get too close, children who are told to stay away from the water’s edge will go just to see what the big deal is, if they don’t see anything threatening, it gets dismissed. gators can and do lie motionless for hours waiting for anything to eat to get close enough and they can run extremely fast out of water for short spurts. so, yeah, children could very easily become prey for a large gator. makes me wonder how many pets have gone missing and no one thought it may be a gator.

    Comment by maxie — March 19, 2016 @ 08:22

  24. What did it do to have to be captured and killed except for being large?

    Comment by Sue Woodruff — March 20, 2016 @ 13:43

    • Sue I am not sure of anything on this story. I know it is on scope. I am not sure where else it maybe posted. I got the post in an email and simply posted it as an interesting story. Thanks for your interest. Hugs

      Comment by Scottie — March 20, 2016 @ 13:56

  25. I don’t understand why the gator had to be shot.

    Comment by Julie — March 20, 2016 @ 19:24

  26. Wow that’s huge

    Comment by Sheila walker — March 21, 2016 @ 06:57

  27. Why did it have to be killed?

    Comment by Jessika — March 21, 2016 @ 22:44

    • I am sorry, I know nothing of the details of this story. Hugs

      Comment by Scottie — March 22, 2016 @ 12:32

  28. Photo shopped why it’s the tail dragging the ground?

    Comment by jj — March 22, 2016 @ 01:28

  29. Holy shit!

    Comment by Mona Grevo — March 22, 2016 @ 13:25

    • Hello. While I never found shit to be holy.. OK.. Hugs

      Comment by Scottie — March 22, 2016 @ 13:31

  30. That’s so messed up , they shouldn’t have killed it , they should have caught it and move it somewhere where it could have done some good.

    Comment by Terry — March 22, 2016 @ 23:11

  31. Fake report
    Gators don’t get 28 ft…( 15 ft is a monster and very seldom ever seen and they are usually in Louisania)… Crocodiles seldom get over 20 ft but seldom over 22ft.
    The dead give away was when they said full grown “STAG”. ….. We don’t have stags in Florida
    BUCK make whitetail deer
    Stags are a different breed
    Story was good though

    Comment by Chuck Raymond — March 23, 2016 @ 17:03

    • Hello and thank you. I have kind of given up trying to answer comments on this post. I have tried to explain where I got it, how I looked it up, my view on it, but no one wants to hear it, they just want to yell at me, for everyone that claims it is true others claim it is false, then there are the many many who write there was no reason to kill it and they get answered by the ones who say it should have been killed. Me I posted this over 6 years ago and I am a bit tired of the controversy. I wonder why people wont look at the new stuff I posted? Why not comment on that. Tell me if they think I am right or wrong or that they simply like it? It makes me feel bad that the thing every one is interested in is a post from 6 years ago…. while I do posts every day. It makes it seem that the posts I do now mean nothing. Be well, thanks for commenting and hugs.

      Comment by Scottie — March 23, 2016 @ 17:42

  32. How old was it? Wonder how long it had to grow that big.

    Comment by Julie — March 23, 2016 @ 22:09

    • Not sure, I know nothing about it at all. Hugs

      Comment by Scottie — March 24, 2016 @ 11:14

  33. Were is swamp people Troy were are you
    Post in the Pierre Part,Louisiana news paper
    For Troy to see what we have down south

    Comment by Graciela Hernandez — March 25, 2016 @ 09:37

  34. Do folks ever get tired of making this stuff up? That photo is at least 10 years old, the gator 13 feet and the deer looks to be a average size doe. Stag? Stags are in Europe or South America, not Florida. Also the gator in the water is not the same one hanging. That one is another 13 footer that was killed by a game warden in Texas.

    Comment by Dmick — March 28, 2016 @ 12:07

    • Thank you for the information, no sadly people love to make stuff up, exaggerate, and do anything to get attention and make themselves important. Be well Hugs

      Comment by Scottie — March 28, 2016 @ 12:31

  35. There was no point in killing this animal because it was huge. Its like killing humans because they are obese!!!!!!”

    Comment by john — March 30, 2016 @ 07:48

  36. I think they should have put him in a cage to be awed over..or had one heck of a meal which ever came first…

    Comment by Sam — March 30, 2016 @ 08:29

  37. Why kill the gator? Why not relocate it? You live near water in florida. . Duh probably gonna have a gator nearby. .

    Comment by Lindalawrence — March 30, 2016 @ 13:31

  38. And what harm was it causing you? ASSHOLES

    Comment by Jew boy — March 30, 2016 @ 13:38

    • OK I ask that we stop the name calling or I will stop approving the comments. Your point can be made very well with out the last word! Thank you.

      Comment by Scottie — March 30, 2016 @ 14:43

  39. I’m NOT happy they killed this deer eating native. It’s dangerous..YES.. make the people move…this strong huge male was needed to reproduce in our ecosystem.
    BADDDDDD that he was murdered.
    Shameful to learn this.

    Comment by Jeanne Emerick — March 30, 2016 @ 18:05

  40. Being in Fl wouldn’t the KTBS helicopter media outlet begin with a W? Where is any part of the the gators shadow in the photos?

    Comment by Dan — March 30, 2016 @ 18:38

    • Dan I can’t answer that. I keep telling everyone I was sent this as an email. I have no other information on it. Thanks. Hugs

      Comment by Scottie — March 30, 2016 @ 18:44

      • Just because someone sends you an email, doesn’t mean you should post it. Check your facts.

        Comment by Susan — April 6, 2016 @ 18:23

        • I have answered that question three times. I did check it and it proved true on the site I used. Thanks for the reprimand, I needed it to make my day happier. Should I consult you for everything I post also? Hugs

          Comment by Scottie — April 8, 2016 @ 14:52

  41. You cannot relocate a gator of this size – for many reasons. That is why they harvest it. This is a huge risk to humans…

    Comment by Brad Polhemus — April 4, 2016 @ 16:21

  42. If you witnessed how this gator killed this deer – you would understand why anything large near the water is at risk. So you want to live in Florida with a runoff pond in your neighborhood huh? They are have em’.

    Comment by Brad Polhemus — April 4, 2016 @ 16:23

  43. Its sad that the answer was to kill the alligator. I’m sorry it couldn’t live. It’s almost like the alligator earned the right to live. I understand why it was killed but…it’s still sad!

    Comment by TH — April 4, 2016 @ 21:58

  44. I’m not a fan of alligators but they couldn’t use a tranquilizer an took him some where I think that’s wrong we build our houses around their habitat and then we want to kill him I think it’s fucked up

    Comment by Jayscar — April 6, 2016 @ 09:08

  45. Seems it has been bettered!

    Comment by John H Scadden — April 6, 2016 @ 09:55

  46. This did not happen in Winter Haven, FL. Or anywhere in Florida. KTBS is a Louisiana station. The alligator may be real and maybe it was shot with a deer in its mouth but a KTBS helicopter does not exist in Winter Haven.

    Comment by Susan — April 6, 2016 @ 18:20

  47. don’t you think they could have let this incredible animal live in captivity being that it is one of the largest I’ve ever seen

    Comment by mercedes huffmaster — April 7, 2016 @ 00:55

  48. I’m thinking the head on this Gator is far too large for its body size… I may be a skeptic but I believe this to be fake

    Comment by Janine — April 11, 2016 @ 13:07

  49. Why did YOU ALL KILL it for. Shit that was REAL OLD Gator had many more yrs. To live. Hell that’s all Ever one now days want to do JUST Kill ever fuck N thing. 😦 😦 Shit

    Comment by Randall Terry — April 20, 2016 @ 09:37

  50. I hope it Mom or Dads EATS your Ass!!!!!!

    Comment by Randall Terry — April 20, 2016 @ 09:40

  51. Why kill the gator? Why not remove it to some wild life gator refuge? I don’t like gators much, but it just seems inhumane to kill something for doing what they do.

    Comment by Sky Wilson — May 9, 2016 @ 06:54

    • Hello Sky, please read through the comments. Hugs

      Comment by Scottie — May 9, 2016 @ 11:50

  52. Looked at the pic again. Don’t know true or not but I know the question is out there. Do you see the shadow of the man? Where is the shadow or even a portion of the gator shadow?

    Comment by Mellissa Wingate — May 9, 2016 @ 18:59

    • Hello Mellissa. Welcome. I am sorry but I have not looked at that post in years. I have moved on from it. The very funny thing was those photos and that post sat there hardly even getting a glance until someone put my post on their Facebook page. That was recently. The page took off and I got lots of hits, and lots of trolls and lots of anger and lots of people with an opinion of their own. So I wrote in the comment section that I welcome anyone but that I wouldn’t be dealing with it anymore. Yes I could have just deleted it, but I don’t mind people coming and looking, and even commenting, I just don’t want to use my time dealing with it. Why do I feel this way? Well because I write a lot of posts, some very personal, many different subjects and people are involved. Yet the people all upset or those who want to argue about the gator post don’t care about any other subject or post. So that means they are not reading my blog, nor to they care about the things I write. If I have miss judged you I regret it, but again you have shown your focus on one long ago post, not on anything else in my blog. Be well and happy, and no I did not go look at the photo, I really don’t care. Hugs

      Comment by Scottie — May 9, 2016 @ 19:06

  53. That’s great! I’ve been checking out this Gator for the last few years just to allude me at every chance to catch. I have had Polk county tags for the Last 2 years. And to see that Polk county actually killed the Hugh gator is not fare for us that chech out these places bigger gators hang out all year long just to wait for another chance to try for a Trophy gator. Why was the gator killed out of season is my question? Season shouldn’t be open to law enforcement just because it was feeding on a deer. Or as a Stag as you called it lol . Why don’t you set up and shoot all the coyote that stalk newborn or fawns in the woods. Oh that wouldn’t be right though. Let’s not forget about the wild hogs that are also carnivores that kill deer and the Bobcats. I’m disgusted with the approach that Polk county not only made but harvested the gator out of season. If I was to harvest one out of season I’d be fined and possibly put in jail. This was I’m sure a female that has had plenty of offspring that hopefully grow to her size , might I add it would take maybe up to 30-50 years to reach that size! Rant over. I’m disgusted with whom ever killed the animal and hope he felt like a real f/n hero for taking the opportunity from some deserving tag / lottery holding tax paying Gator hunter!

    Comment by Bobby walker — July 7, 2016 @ 20:08

    • Hello Bobby, I know nothing of the story other than was presented, and I know only what is in the comments. So people say it is a tale from Georgia.

      Comment by Scottie — July 8, 2016 @ 11:40


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  55. The residents are on the Gator’s Turf. Going through a backyard is to be expected. A solution other than a kill needs to be developed, but… what would the ‘boys’ have to brag about then.

    Comment by i'mgoing.home — February 9, 2017 @ 17:43

    • Yes that is part of the problem in most places, bragging rights. Thanks. Hugs

      Comment by Scottie — February 9, 2017 @ 17:45

  56. Sad that such a majestic creature had to be murdered.

    Comment by Jujubee — April 2, 2017 @ 23:14

    • Hello Jujubee. I have been told it is not true to there were differences in the story. I do not agree with killing an animal unless it is a danger to human life or some other necessary to life thing. Be well, thanks for stopping by. Hugs

      Comment by Scottie — April 2, 2017 @ 23:26

  57. What waste.

    Comment by Text bubb — April 9, 2017 @ 20:11

  58. Why are people always trying to control nature? This society has no idea how to live in harmony with anything. The water is the domain that mother nature gave these alligators. If you dont like gators, dont live around lakes. Simple.

    Comment by Greg Moore — April 10, 2017 @ 07:41

  59. The last picture is an old picture lol it’s been on the web since I was old enough to surf it

    Comment by d — April 10, 2017 @ 09:30

    • Oh yes, it seems someone was having fun, made up a story with pictures, some parts of it true, and then sent it around to scare people. Sadly it still gets the most hits out of all the stuff on my blog. 🙂 Hugs

      Comment by Scottie — April 10, 2017 @ 11:55

  60. Seen that picture over 10 years ago

    Comment by Willie W Harrell — April 10, 2017 @ 11:38

    • Yes the email was old when I got it, and I posted it years ago. 🙂 Hugs

      Comment by Scottie — April 10, 2017 @ 11:53

  61. Why did they have to kill it?? Just wondering?

    Comment by Don — April 10, 2017 @ 14:44

    • Hello Don. Not sure. SOmeone wrote it was a “nuisance”gator, others have said it is all fiction. There are so many stories I am not sure what is the truth with it. Hugs

      Comment by Scottie — April 10, 2017 @ 15:41

  62. How often are they gonna kill this gator. These same photos were in another article from about 2 to 3 years ago where this gator was caught and killed on Weiss lake in Alabama. interesting

    Comment by Road Runner — April 11, 2017 @ 09:53

  63. Jesus Christ why did they have to kill such a majestic creature!!?? You know humans suck sometimes we kill animals for sport for food and those animals who have to work in a circus or live in a zoo lose their freedom and happiness. We kill animals to make clothing bags and shoes. If the tables were turned….. But you know I think that animals are much more spiritually in line so they probably wouldn’t do to us what we do to them. Would you kill your family pet to eat it or make clothes out of it? Would you keep it imprisoned in a cage? Would you kill it for sport? Would you torture it? Of course not!!!! So why do we feel it’s ok to do to ANY animal?

    Comment by Gabrielle — April 11, 2017 @ 11:54

    • Hello Gabrielle. I agree that far too many animals are killed by hunting. However good zoo’s save animals and treat them well. However a bad zoo is a place that is hard on the animals. As for pets that really goes on your culture. Now I agree with you I hate to kill and eat a pet. But I grew up on farms and sometimes when young I would have a farm animal I got close to that was slated for slaughter. I think animals kept for food production should be treated with as much dignity and respect as possible and their deaths should be humaine. I eat animals because I am a omnivore. Be well. Hugs

      Comment by Scottie — April 11, 2017 @ 13:53

  64. ..must’ve been an old gator..and why did he have to be killed? Was he attacking people? Or just bellowing and keeping them awake.? I bet he lived there long before his neighbors! Sad.

    Comment by Vanbu — April 11, 2017 @ 20:55

    • I know nothing about the story. In the comments several people have left add ons and other mentions of the story. Hugs

      Comment by Scottie — April 11, 2017 @ 20:56

  65. OMG I have never seen such a huge gator in my life I can’t believe the size of that thing a human would just be a snack do it my God I’m glad they got rid of it it was living way too close to humans putting their lives at risk

    Comment by Donna Kiff — April 12, 2017 @ 07:21

    • Hugs

      Comment by Scottie — April 12, 2017 @ 12:54

    • Not threatening anyone. Should we start eliminating killer whales because of what happened at SeaWorld? People like you should be eliminated.

      Comment by George — April 14, 2017 @ 08:08

      • Nasty George. Read the comments and you will see this has already been addressed. Hugs

        Comment by Scottie — April 14, 2017 @ 09:50

  66. Ten years ago, this was a photo taken at Caddo Lake, near Shreveport Louisiana. KTBS is channel 3 in Shreveport. Television call signs east of the Mississippi River begin with a “W.”

    Comment by BG Taylor — April 12, 2017 @ 11:15

    • Thank you. Seems to be many versions of this out in cyberspace. Hugs

      Comment by Scottie — April 12, 2017 @ 12:52

  67. why did they kill the gator they never said it was attacking a human it just had a big deer in its mouth I think they could have relocated it and not kill it

    Comment by Rick — April 12, 2017 @ 18:22

    • Hello Rick. I do not know any more than is in the story, sorry. Hugs

      Comment by Scottie — April 12, 2017 @ 18:46

  68. Holy Shit

    Comment by Tigeeno — April 12, 2017 @ 19:41

  69. What a piece of shit. That gator didn’t do anything wrong. He lived all this Time

    Comment by Tom horak — April 12, 2017 @ 20:07

    • From what I have read it may be totally made up. I am getting so many different answers I am not even going to worry about it. Hugs

      Comment by Scottie — April 12, 2017 @ 20:17

  70. I did not think alligators got that big. Sounds like Nile crocodile size.

    Comment by Phil Blumer — April 13, 2017 @ 10:24

  71. Why were they “forced” to kill the alligator? Couldn’t it be sedated and moved to a safe place, possibly the Everglades?

    Comment by Dave McDonald — April 13, 2017 @ 13:05

    • 🙂 I don’t know? Hugs

      Comment by Scottie — April 13, 2017 @ 16:08

    • Look at today’s post of the cat saving the boy. Hugs

      Comment by Scottie — April 13, 2017 @ 16:08

  72. Photoshopped…. ***Note that the shadow is of the man and it extends under the gator… and that there is sunlight on the supposed shady side of the gator…

    Comment by Linda — April 13, 2017 @ 17:45

    • Hello Linda. Some have said so, others insist it is real. I don’t know. Be well. Hugs

      Comment by Scottie — April 13, 2017 @ 18:58

  73. It still doesn’t say why it was killed ….

    Comment by Allen — April 13, 2017 @ 17:50

    • Sorry. In the comments are people who claim to know more. It was sent a long time ago to me in an email. Hugs

      Comment by Scottie — April 13, 2017 @ 18:57

  74. Trustworthy source, for sure…

    Comment by wimgrundy — April 13, 2017 @ 18:39

    • Hey Wimgrundy.. How are ya. Not sure which source you mean. I have gotten so many side stories and different ideas on this story. I gave up trying to sort it out years ago. I just leave the story alone. I post the comments if they are not malicious or other problem. Be well. Hugs

      Comment by Scottie — April 13, 2017 @ 18:51

  75. I don’t understand – why did they have to kill it???

    Comment by Jodi — April 13, 2017 @ 20:17

  76. Good job to all the people involved in getting this gator. This is why I don’t go to Florida much and when I do I stay in the pools. Lol

    Comment by Cindy Green — April 13, 2017 @ 20:38

    • Hello Cindy. Look in the pool before getting in. I live in Florida and have often seen gators in the pools. In fact in the community I live in we have had them walk down the main street, through our back yards , and yes small ones get through the fence and into the pool. Be well. Hugs

      Comment by Scottie — April 13, 2017 @ 21:32

    • Dont come then, there is no reason to kill this wonderful animal.

      Comment by Dawn sapp — April 14, 2017 @ 17:27

      • Really don’t listen to Dawn, come down often, we need the tourism dollars. Hugs

        Comment by Scottie — April 14, 2017 @ 18:10

  77. Why shoot it just because 28ft

    Comment by Jery — April 13, 2017 @ 21:17

  78. That is a lie. The picture comes from the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources

    Comment by Mark — April 13, 2017 @ 22:34

    • OK, and again that also is in the comments. It has been claimed by about a half dozen people or even more. Hugs

      Comment by Scottie — April 14, 2017 @ 10:01

  79. So why did they kill it

    Comment by Mark — April 14, 2017 @ 00:26

    • Hello Mark. Please read the comments, that question has been asked and answered. Hugs

      Comment by Scottie — April 14, 2017 @ 10:01

  80. Stop hating on Snopes. I checked, and the sites that have “shown” that Snopes is “full of librul, commie lies,” are themselves “fake news” from right-wing trolls. Snopes is more reliable than any alternative that has come up. I’ve been reading Snopes since y’all were young’uns.

    Comment by Douglas Turner Day — April 14, 2017 @ 01:24

    • Hello Doug. I agree. I also use truth or fiction and it is a good site. In my research to answer another snopes hater, I found out what you said is very true. Sadly too many simply believed it without checking. Be well. Hugs

      Comment by Scottie — April 14, 2017 @ 10:00

    • Snopes is a liberal opinion hack group whose verifications are slanted opinions, not facts.

      Comment by Michael Castillo — April 15, 2017 @ 09:39

      • Hello Michael, got proof? Easy to throw out accusations, little harder to provide evidence. Hugs

        Comment by Scottie — April 15, 2017 @ 09:54

  81. Why did they “have” to shoot this amazing animal. We are invading his territory. If you don’t want to live next door to him MOVE!!!

    Comment by Deirdre — April 14, 2017 @ 05:49

    • Hello Deirdre. If you read the comments you see this has been asked and answered before. Hugs

      Comment by Scottie — April 14, 2017 @ 09:52

  82. Anyone who uses Snopes is a fool waiting to be lied to! Great story and photos anyway!

    Comment by Daniel Guice — April 14, 2017 @ 05:57

    • Ah, well not so . I have investigated this and found that the ones claiming it is false are the ones who have been refuted, debunked, or shown to be a lie. Have a fun one. Hugs

      Comment by Scottie — April 14, 2017 @ 09:51

  83. Why did it have to be killed? Didn’t read where it threatened anyone. Want a reason please.

    Comment by George — April 14, 2017 @ 08:02

    • I want you to read the comments as your answer is there many times. You want the answer, read for it. Hugs

      Comment by Scottie — April 14, 2017 @ 09:50

  84. Proven to be false several years ago

    Comment by Bill wheeler — April 14, 2017 @ 08:21

    • Yes, some commenters have said that. Others have claimed it happened in their home town or to their relative. Be well Hugs

      Comment by Scottie — April 14, 2017 @ 09:49

  85. This is horrible!
    Why did they have to kill it?
    It had a deer not a dog in its mouth.
    Hey Let’s nurture Nature, Not Kill it!

    Comment by DeAnna Smith — April 14, 2017 @ 08:35

    • Hello DeAnna. Did you read the other comments? Also why did you make a difference between a dog and a deer? Both are animals. Hugs

      Comment by Scottie — April 14, 2017 @ 09:30

  86. In what way we’re the wardens “FORCED” to shoot this creature? NEWSFLASH! If global warming continues, many creatures will be growing larger! Why are you not focusing on the PYTHON problem? Maybe this fellow was eating them too! Did you ever think about that?

    Comment by Heather — April 14, 2017 @ 10:19

    • Heather please modify your tone and try just talking to someone if you wish to make a point or have a discussion. Please notice the date of the report. Then read the comments where many say the story is made up. Other say it happened in their town or to their relatives. Many have said the gator was a threat. Hugs

      Comment by Scottie — April 14, 2017 @ 10:58


    Comment by Edy heinz — April 14, 2017 @ 12:04

    • Hello Ed. Did you read all the comments? Hugs

      Comment by Scottie — April 14, 2017 @ 13:33

  88. This upsets me . I fail to understand why they had to kill it . They could have just moved it but no were to quick to kill an innocent animal .

    Comment by lisa — April 14, 2017 @ 12:52

    • Hello Lisa. Be reassured it may not have happened. Several people told me it was a fake, while others say it is a mixture of other real things. I don’t know. Not sure if the gator was a nuisance animal which is required to be put down, or what the deal was. Be well. Hugs

      Comment by Scottie — April 14, 2017 @ 13:32

  89. I’ve seen this exact picture in 3 different stories now. The gator changes size and the location changes as well. What is the actual story on the gator in the last photo??

    Comment by Tracy — April 14, 2017 @ 13:07

    • Hello Tracy. I agree. I have gotten many comments saying it was in a different place or it happened to their relatives. As for the story I really don’t know much about it. I got the story years ago in an email. Some people say it is fake. Be well. Hugs

      Comment by Scottie — April 14, 2017 @ 13:30

  90. Florida doesn’t recognize gay marriage you sick bastard.

    Comment by Joe — April 14, 2017 @ 13:17

    • OH joe you are such a joke. Not funny, but you are a joke. You are showing your superior grasp of the law, humanity, kindness, and intelligence in a written form. Good show. Hugs

      Comment by Scottie — April 14, 2017 @ 13:27

  91. A good reason why I will never live where there are aligator. I like to feel comfortable in my own yard n not someone’s meal.

    Comment by Cindy Crowl — April 14, 2017 @ 14:11

    • 🙂 good reason for sure. Be well. Hugs

      Comment by Scottie — April 14, 2017 @ 14:15

  92. Thanks Obama

    Comment by Norman Epstein — April 14, 2017 @ 15:43

    • 🙂 ah, I think this one is better credited on Mitch McConnell 😉 be well. Hugs

      Comment by Scottie — April 14, 2017 @ 15:50

  93. Yeeeeeow. Did he have his own zip code?

    Comment by Alice Saddler — April 14, 2017 @ 15:45

    • I would say so, if he wanted it I sure wouldn’t argue with him. 😉 Hugs

      Comment by Scottie — April 14, 2017 @ 15:51

  94. Lot of boots

    Comment by Steve — April 14, 2017 @ 16:15

    • Yes, and handbags with soup fixings to spare. 🙂 Hugs

      Comment by Scottie — April 14, 2017 @ 16:15

  95. what a shame such an animal had to die for no good reason remember they moved in his home not him into theirs

    Comment by Rodney Gonzales — April 14, 2017 @ 16:37

    • 🙂 I think the problem was he tried to move back in. 🙂 Hugs

      Comment by Scottie — April 14, 2017 @ 16:39

  96. That will make a few rich women a lot of purses. If they are in to wearing animals. I, personally, prefer to eat it. Tastes just like chicken!!!

    Comment by Mary Ellen — April 14, 2017 @ 16:51

  97. Why can you leave it alone, we are in its home not the other way around, thats an amazing animal

    Comment by Dawn sapp — April 14, 2017 @ 17:25

    • Oh Dawn… really. I don’t care if we stormed in, grapped it’s wife and kids, threw them out in the snow, and sat there in the windows of their home giving them the finger…when they are a threat to humans , they lose. Now before you get all Daunting Dawn look through the comments. The story may be fake. It may not be. It may have happened here, there, or anywhere. Some people said it was a gator of x type, others not. SO please save your ire for animals that are in danger of extinction. And yes I live in Florida and yes we have gators all around us, we have them in our yard, we have them in our street and we have had them in our pool. Be well. Hugs

      Comment by Scottie — April 14, 2017 @ 18:09

  98. Can someone please verify if this story is real and are these actual photos. So tired of ppl quoting snopes, they are liberal liars so not credible in my book…

    But already been told it’s false and re pics are from South Carolina.

    Comment by Dina — April 14, 2017 @ 18:49

    • Dina, you’re picked for the job. Thing is I do believe Snopes. I am a liberal. So as I don’t care one way or the other, it is not bothering me at all. IF it is bothering you, go online, do something yourself rather than ask others to do it for you. Hugs

      Comment by Scottie — April 14, 2017 @ 18:59

  99. Why couldn’t they slip it a Mickey and move it, it’s not like it hurt anyone or had been living there for nigh on 200 yrs or anything….

    Comment by Markington of Laphamshire — April 14, 2017 @ 19:00

    • Not sure. Maybe it had run out of frequent flier miles. Hugs

      Comment by Scottie — April 14, 2017 @ 19:01

  100. I betcha the Swamp people would have had a field day trim to drag that one up for a shoot, kill and tag. Not to mention a bigger boat , dog he’s big. Sure glad they got him though.

    Comment by Cathy — April 14, 2017 @ 19:01

  101. People never ever dismiss the size of gators in Florida!!! I’m a native Floridian that’s 52 years. It’s what we do… we grow them and we grow them big

    Comment by Delissa — April 14, 2017 @ 19:24

    • Hello Delissa. Have a great weekend. Hugs

      Comment by Scottie — April 14, 2017 @ 20:09

    • 28 feet? That’s pure nonsense. More than twice the size of the largest known alligators? Even the photo is wrong.

      Comment by Zesko — April 14, 2017 @ 22:20

  102. Why kill the alligator .Couldnt it be moved?

    Comment by Carolyn Denaburg — April 14, 2017 @ 20:27

    • I am not sure of the situation. However if a gator has become a “nuisance” it must be destroyed. Hugs

      Comment by Scottie — April 14, 2017 @ 20:54

  103. Did the alligator attack anybody was he eating family pets mind lng his own business it was eating wild animals when I saw the posting of this animal several months ago I knew it was only a matter of time before they were out and tried to kill it and they did succeed men with little dicks killing big animals with the big guns

    Comment by Paul Lombardi — April 14, 2017 @ 21:54

    • 🙂 Hello Paul. I got this by email years ago. I do not know any more than is in the post. People have offered information in the comments. Enjoy your weekend. Hugs

      Comment by Scottie — April 14, 2017 @ 21:56

  104. Fake as hell.

    Comment by Zesko — April 14, 2017 @ 22:17

    • Hey Zesko, how are you? Could be as far as I know. Hugs

      Comment by Scottie — April 14, 2017 @ 22:18

  105. Wondering why it deemed necessary to kill? Had it attacked or threatened people?

    Comment by ylt222 — April 14, 2017 @ 22:41

    • Hello ylt222, please read the comments. I keep getting asked this question and I do not have the answer. Hugs

      Comment by Scottie — April 14, 2017 @ 22:46

  106. So why kill so magnificent a animal to achieve the size stated, and I don’t believe 28 ft at all but even is Trex shrunk into alligator size. That’s a marvel of nature and we humans need to respect them and all of nature not destroy because of what could happen. A asteroid might hit my house but not likely

    Comment by Barry — April 14, 2017 @ 22:49

  107. Why were they forced to kill it ?

    Comment by cindinjava — April 14, 2017 @ 22:59

  108. Why did they kill him?

    Comment by Annie — April 14, 2017 @ 23:44

  109. Why where the forced to shoot it?

    Comment by Karen rooney — April 14, 2017 @ 23:53

  110. yeah don’t believe anything the media says folks they will say and do anything for ratings.

    Comment by Shawn Earle — April 15, 2017 @ 00:29

  111. Regardless of truth… This damn thing is huge and very tasty.

    Comment by Joel — April 15, 2017 @ 01:17

  112. Still shouldn’t of killed it!! This is bullshit

    Comment by Lucy — April 15, 2017 @ 01:59

  113. I believe the legal limit to keep alive is 7 or 8 ft long. Once they get that large, eat pets, deer, small children. And they have a history of killing most other alligators in a reserve. Seeing it is close to houses, they stay and feed as there is a ready supply of meals.

    Comment by Keith Davis — April 15, 2017 @ 02:30

  114. Why kill it

    Comment by Jennifer Teifke — April 15, 2017 @ 05:45

  115. Why did it need to be killed?

    Comment by Gregg — April 15, 2017 @ 07:44

  116. I think the real story here is the size of the deer. If the gator was 28′ long, comparing the scale of the two animals, the deer must have been 12-14′ long!
    Besides I read this took place in my neighbors koi pond. Which may or may not be accurate. My view may change with verifiable evidence so readily available my 98 year old grandmother may or may not be able to source on the internet or library microfiche.

    Comment by Mike Colbert — April 15, 2017 @ 08:09

  117. As usual Trumpsters don’t like to read the truth and criticize the source. I’m actually quite surprised that they would check the veracity of any statement. The norm is to just blame anything they don’t agree with on liberals like the previous statement does. Snopes has been investigated by many groups, liberal and consevative, and has been proven to be a source of nonbiased information. If you don’t like what they say then just say so but don’t say they make up facts, that’s Trump’s job.

    Comment by Sue — April 15, 2017 @ 08:33

  118. The gator in the last picture was a 13 ft long one killed in south Texas a few years back. Nice April Fools Day story.

    Comment by Michael Castillo — April 15, 2017 @ 09:35

  119. I would have “fostered” the gator!😇

    Comment by Pat — April 15, 2017 @ 11:24

  120. Why did they feel the need to destroy this beautiful creature?

    Comment by Carol Wirth — April 15, 2017 @ 12:08

  121. Didn’t have to kill it. Relocate and let the old dinosaur live out it’s life. Humans (myself included) make me sick. So quick to kill and judge.

    Comment by Arnold — April 15, 2017 @ 14:12

  122. Such a huge amazing animal. Ashame you did nat or could not relocate it.

    Comment by Cheryl — April 15, 2017 @ 15:43

    • Did not have anything to do with me. Hugs

      Comment by Scottie — April 15, 2017 @ 15:45

  123. Why did they kill it. Don’t they realise how old this animal could be?

    Comment by Mike — April 15, 2017 @ 15:44

  124. And why did you kill it???

    Comment by Sandy — April 15, 2017 @ 16:35

    • Well Sandy I was out on a walk with my T-rex, and this gator was trying to mate with a unicorn. I couldn’t allow that now could I. Oh Sandy, please use some reading skills, if you read the post, the story, look at my blog page, you will see clearly I did not have anything to do with it. Try again please. Hugs

      Comment by Scottie — April 15, 2017 @ 16:39

  125. I hope they at least stuff him and put him in a museum of some kind. Wow!

    Comment by Kim Skipper — April 15, 2017 @ 17:23

    • That would have been nice. Hugs

      Comment by Scottie — April 15, 2017 @ 17:24

  126. I think they should have the least captured it and put it in the zoo in Orlando it’s amazing but wouldn’t it be more exciting to have to visit a nice big alligator like that and let others see it instead of killing it and now no one gets to see it

    Comment by Vinny Peltier — April 15, 2017 @ 17:26

  127. This story is pretty suspect, given that the original source is a station in Louisiana…..and it was 7 years ago.

    Comment by Patti — April 15, 2017 @ 18:00

    • Hello Patti. You are correct. Most overlook that and launch into a tirade of some sort. Hugs

      Comment by Scottie — April 15, 2017 @ 18:03

  128. Why kill it,that gator has been in that lake for a long time,leave it alone and it will leave you alone,what a shame

    Comment by Herb — April 15, 2017 @ 18:30

  129. I would like to congratulate those Game Wardens for there pursuit on the over sized gator. Most of the time these couraegeous officers go without recognition but I won’t let that slide by.
    You are a beacon of light and a symbal of hope for the residents who really need your help. A job well done gentlemen keep it going…..!”

    Comment by K. Kool — April 15, 2017 @ 19:17

  130. Why kill it,that gator has been in that lake for a long time,leave it alone and it will leave you alone,what a shame it was here first

    Comment by Michael — April 15, 2017 @ 20:29

  131. Should have called the king of swamp people, Troy Landry

    Comment by Bill Jones — April 15, 2017 @ 21:25

  132. Saw these pictures several years ago yep theres some biguns out there

    Comment by Joel Flournoy — April 15, 2017 @ 21:50

    • Hello Joel. Yes this is rather old now and you are correct, some big ones. Be well. Hugs

      Comment by Scottie — April 15, 2017 @ 21:52

  133. Why did you have to kill it that was such a waste of a beautiful animal that was apparently just making a living.Selfish ,stupid humans.

    Comment by A.Feasel — April 15, 2017 @ 22:24

    • Did you read the post? I did not kill it. Hugs

      Comment by Scottie — April 15, 2017 @ 22:27

  134. I’ve watched Swamp People on cable every season, every episode and it might be14 feet, 1 inch, but their biggest is like 13′,11″ and their is no way it’s twice the size than theirs………….biggest ever caught was in Thailand and it was like 21″ and weighed 2500 lbs……….record in states is like 15’plus……….

    Comment by mike — April 15, 2017 @ 22:28

  135. I don’t understand why they had to kill him

    Comment by Robin — April 16, 2017 @ 08:10

  136. These guys usually “lay in wait” for prey when they get this large rater than hunt. He may have bee moving because of the drought…..or mating season.

    Comment by Shannon P, — April 16, 2017 @ 10:00

  137. I’m against killing animals, but in this case honestly the size of that alligator and it took a full size buck, no it’s time too take it down. No human life is worth it. Good job.

    Comment by Ruby Powell — April 16, 2017 @ 12:59

  138. More like 12-15 ft and the warden looks more like 5’6″

    Comment by Krosst — April 16, 2017 @ 13:57

  139. I, think this was bullshit. The game warden could’ve capture it and put him in a zoo. Cause, the real danger, was humans. The gator, was no danger to anyone, the humans make him a danger, do to moving in their territory.

    Comment by General Dishman — April 16, 2017 @ 14:18

  140. WOWEEZERS! Kinda sad though.
    He lived such a long time.
    Why did they kill him , had he attacked humans?

    Comment by Audrey — April 16, 2017 @ 15:02

  141. Tell me again why they were “forced” to shoot this alligator?

    Comment by Kim — April 16, 2017 @ 16:52

    • It was a hit put out by the tRump administration so they could pave the area over for a new parking garage. The gators relatives intend to take over florida as a response. Hugs

      Comment by Scottie — April 16, 2017 @ 16:54

  142. Damn that’s a lot of cowboy boots

    Comment by Kathleen — April 16, 2017 @ 19:17

  143. My goodness I’m glad you called him you probably saved a lot of kids lives and dog’s life thank goodness that’s a good skater I’ve ever seen you you made a wonderful catch

    Comment by Mary — April 17, 2017 @ 00:42

  144. Why the fuck was it killed exactly? Cuz it ate a deer? Seriously… why wasnt it moved to a safer zone. Pathetic

    Comment by Heather — April 17, 2017 @ 00:51

  145. Murderers.

    Comment by Bonnie — April 17, 2017 @ 00:53

  146. So why were they forced to kill it? Because it was large? Because it was near homes? Why not relocate it?

    Comment by Kelly — April 17, 2017 @ 08:18

  147. How old would a gater that size be?

    Comment by Sll — April 17, 2017 @ 10:33

    • No idea. Some say it can’t be that big. Hugs

      Comment by Scottie — April 17, 2017 @ 10:37

  148. Oh my

    Comment by Cathy — April 17, 2017 @ 13:12

  149. If he is 6’5″ then I must be too , because he is barely looking over the box of that pickup.

    Comment by L.S. — April 17, 2017 @ 15:25

  150. Why did it have to be killed?

    Comment by Douglas Bruin — April 17, 2017 @ 15:51

  151. Why do they have to KILL? Why not relocate it to a lesser populated area? It must be so old, such a shame 😞

    Comment by Raenae — April 17, 2017 @ 17:17

  152. Why we got to kill everything thus makes me sad it was getting its own food W.T.F

    Comment by Rebecca gregory — April 17, 2017 @ 18:24

  153. Why kill it?

    Comment by Arnold — April 17, 2017 @ 18:43

  154. thatz one big gator!

    Comment by anna — April 17, 2017 @ 22:10

  155. Why the fuck were you ‘forced’ to kill it ????????

    Comment by Brett — April 17, 2017 @ 23:15

  156. So , how many purses and cowboy boots did they get from his hid?

    Comment by Lou — April 18, 2017 @ 06:42

  157. Shot . just in case it might harm a human. Warnings could have been posted. That creature. tho formiddable. Had not harmed a human up to that point. It was big enough to have attacked and killed a human years before it was shot. Don’t think killing it was a good choice

    Comment by Rhaine — April 18, 2017 @ 07:47

  158. Why do you have to kill

    Comment by Kylene — April 18, 2017 @ 10:00

  159. It’s DISGUSTING that you felt it necessary to KILL one of the survivors of god’s creatures & a survivor of natures distructive weather. It only had a deer (yes I love deers also) but this was a natural means of survival. One of god’s creatures for another.

    Comment by Beth — April 18, 2017 @ 14:01

    • Oh dearest Beth. You must have read the story so carefully, as you seemed to fail to notice in your great hurry to voice your love of all god’s creatures, that my name never appeared anywhere in the story. Also before you say you did not know my name it is proudly posted along with my picture. Great Job Beth, outstanding way to show your care and love to a fellow human. Hugs

      Comment by Scottie — April 18, 2017 @ 20:30

  160. Bullshit story. Pics are from two different gators the one with the deer was taken in Georgia in 2004. The other was killed in Texas in 2005 and neither was over 13-14 feet in length. Also radio and TV stations east of the Mississippi call letters begin with the letter W. K is for stations west of theMississippi

    Comment by W D Kilken — April 18, 2017 @ 14:32

  161. I realize scary but why did they have to shoot it again??? Game wardens?? Something fishy going on

    Comment by Susan — April 18, 2017 @ 21:53

  162. Why was this Gator killed?

    Comment by Edward — April 19, 2017 @ 08:32

  163. So why did the gator have to be killed???

    Comment by Jane — April 19, 2017 @ 15:13

    • good question

      Comment by craig — April 19, 2017 @ 17:35

  164. so it was killed for being succesful at living ? Where any humans harmed or killed by it? Was it killed because it may harm or kill a person someday ? Seems wrong to kill it just because it is there but then again that is the American way right . shoot first ask questions later ?

    Comment by craig — April 19, 2017 @ 17:34

  165. Why did it have to be killed????

    Comment by Katy baker — April 19, 2017 @ 20:28

  166. so why did we kill this creature, because it was big? what the fuck is wrong with mankind?

    Comment by Anthony Sfogliano — April 19, 2017 @ 22:06

  167. Its a 13 foot gator period….. Wow….. Guys its a gator in Florida…….

    Comment by Tyler — April 19, 2017 @ 22:50

  168. Why?? We are in his environment…..sad

    Comment by Jessie — April 20, 2017 @ 00:05

  169. shows a deer in its mouth,,,but text says its a stag. ???? It cant be both.

    Comment by Bill Strickland — April 20, 2017 @ 10:05

  170. Why? This is not acceptably. Explain to me why it was killed. It wasn’t bothering anyone, eating what they normally do?

    Comment by Waver — April 20, 2017 @ 12:04

  171. Boy oh boy that’s a fine specimen . Don’t think I won’t to meet something that large.thanks for staring

    Comment by Johnny Gay — April 20, 2017 @ 15:20

  172. Not right should have been tranquilizer an relocated

    Comment by Paula belknap DVM — April 20, 2017 @ 16:04

  173. Why did they have to kill it. Why couldn’t they tranquilize it and take it to gator land or a zoo

    Comment by Tammy smalldon — April 20, 2017 @ 17:11

  174. I would like to know, why were they “forced” to kill the animal? Did he attack the helicopter?

    Comment by Linda Stendahl — April 20, 2017 @ 18:14

  175. You can tell it’s photoshopped by the shadows on the ground- notice the truck bed shadow & the police officers? Not too difficult to sort out, really 🙄

    Comment by CJustine — April 20, 2017 @ 19:31

  176. This is an old picture that has been circulating for years. The gator pictured that was dead was actually taken in Texas years ago.

    Comment by Maureena Lucas — April 20, 2017 @ 21:47

  177. That’s a lot of shoes and handbags!

    Comment by Rita — April 21, 2017 @ 05:31

  178. Why kill the gator? You going to kill everything in the wild just because its out there?

    Comment by Bernard Miller — April 21, 2017 @ 10:24

  179. That’s odd that “6-5” game warden is barley taller then tail gate on the back of that truck. 😂

    Comment by Ry — April 21, 2017 @ 10:37

  180. Why kill it? Let it be.

    Comment by Nativebrave — April 21, 2017 @ 12:22

  181. Why kill it? Let it be.

    Comment by Danny Santiago — April 21, 2017 @ 12:24

  182. “Look, a big alligator! Let’s kill it!”

    Disgusting pitiful excuses for humans, let alone game wardens who should respect natural, not murder it for being no more dangerous than any other gator. How many years you think it took to be that successful in life? It was probably older than Warden Dipshit’s parents.
    I vote we fire the wardens who kill things to make up for their small dicks like they clearly did.

    Comment by Sylverclaws — April 21, 2017 @ 14:27

  183. Why ? For what reason ? Those animals havé survived so long and now you kill Them
    You Are sick mad awful fools murderers

    Stop that immediatly

    Comment by Claire Loridan — April 22, 2017 @ 06:00

    • Claire… grammar please. looks like you wrote we murder sick mad awful fools. I am pretty sure you did not mean that. 🙂 Hugs

      Comment by Scottie — April 22, 2017 @ 09:37

  184. That is one very large gator and could easily kill am adult never mind a child.

    Comment by Lisa — April 22, 2017 @ 09:01

  185. That’ not a Florida Wildlife officers uniform in the last pic and the record for an American alligator is only 15 ft

    Comment by Roy — April 22, 2017 @ 09:58

  186. Now that’s a big gator.

    Comment by Al Brown — April 22, 2017 @ 16:48

  187. Bull shit on 28ft Gator. Biggest gator in The World is 15ft. Yes, that is a big lizard but nowhere near 28 feet. Croc’s get much bigger than Gators, but doubt even Croc’s get that big…

    Comment by Capt Ron — April 22, 2017 @ 18:02

  188. And why did they have to kill it ???

    Comment by Julie Brickell — April 22, 2017 @ 19:50

  189. Why were they “forced” to kill it? Could they not have taken it to a zoo or sanctuary? A magnificent creature

    Comment by Pam Sweitzer — April 22, 2017 @ 20:18

  190. Why check snooooopppsss check the newspaper of that town to find out facts

    Comment by Sandi Wanek — April 22, 2017 @ 20:55

  191. Poor creature 😓 If only they could’ve called the Gator Boys (😚) out or at minimum tranquilized and brought him to sanctuary. Why humans always feel they are more important than others (not limited to non-humans, which is still mind-boggling) and that “allows or gives them the right” to make decisions for beings that they have no power over. Yes, gators are wild and you should give them their space and use the utmost caution but at least attempt to rescue instead of immediately going for the kill.

    Comment by Willow — April 22, 2017 @ 21:04

  192. Holy cow!!! Thst’s a big one!!! It is now 10:30 and I am pooped. Worked outside for a good while today. It’s a good tired though. I got something accomplished. Gonna try to work in my new garden tomorrow. It was still pretty mushy today. Talk tomorrow. Have a peaceful sleep. Love you. When is tulip time?

    Comment by Barb — April 22, 2017 @ 22:27

  193. Why did they have to kill this one?
    It is suck that humans kill Animals without having the need to use them for survival.If you live on a lake you know you got to share with Gators. And Humans kill a lot more Deer hen Gators. You go to jail if you kill a Cat or a Dog but it’s ok to kill anything​ else 🤔

    Comment by Sabine — April 23, 2017 @ 08:38

  194. Well, I just googled it and it said largest alligator caught in The America’s was 16’4″. I’ve seen this story saying different lengths. Since I’m seeing the source was Snopes I knew it had to be a lie because that’s what they do. So I checked it out. See for yourself…
    FAKE News is what Snopes does.

    Comment by Sus — April 23, 2017 @ 09:19

    • Why do you jump to a concussion like that. I can say snopes check the fact I have a fourty pound left testical and found it true. That is not true, my testical is not over 15 pounds, but you get the point Sus. 🙂 Hugs

      Comment by Scottie — April 23, 2017 @ 10:28

  195. I checked it out on Google also. If you check out Google you will see the story is not true. The largest alligator ever caught in the America’s was 16’4″. If reports are from Snopes you know they can not tell the truth. I don’t know why they do this? the same picture had appeared on other stories saying different lengths, that why I’m encouraging you to Google it. Fake News is all they know how to do.

    Comment by Adam Dale — April 23, 2017 @ 09:36

  196. Why did the gator have to be killed? Why not relocated?

    Comment by Kristi — April 23, 2017 @ 09:55

  197. Oh boohoo let’s just think we can give someone a flower and talk peace and they will be peaceful !! Yea right !! And let’s go apologies for Hiroshima !! Did they apologies for Pearl Harbor !! And what happened to competition? We make our children wimps by not making them strive to be the best they can be , whether in sports or in academics.Oh Johnny you didn’t win or score high enough but here’s a trophy for showing up and trying 😝PLEASE what a joke !!

    Comment by Florida Cracker — April 23, 2017 @ 10:16

    • Hey Florida Cracker… good try dude(ette) but you miss the prize as you forgot to make sure you slams were factual or at least partially so. To many untrue things so easily checked take away points. Sorry go back to troll class and put in some sweaty feet effort. 😉 hey the internet works under the bedsheets where you hang out right? So google things before you step out into the wide webby thing trying to impress people who do use their minds. Be well, say hello to your daddy when he changes your diaper. Hugs

      Comment by Scottie — April 23, 2017 @ 10:25

      • Awe low blows that comes from a man who blows other men go back and dress in mommies clothes !!

        Comment by Florida Cracker — April 23, 2017 @ 11:05

        • 🙂 Dear as soon as your brother takes them off. Oh Cracker, you should know you can’t troll gay men by saying they suck dick… OF course I learned from your daddy, and he was confused about why your sister had a dick, until you told him it was your brother. However I am quite proud of how well I have sex with people of my same species and gender, as you might if you could find any of yours. How are the calves in your area, do you satisfy them? Well what you learned in grade school on your third time in 6th grade gives you time to practice your art. Well I have to go, my husband is waiting to see if my skill is as great as it was, he said to thank you for a great Sunday idea. Do play nice on the short bus, and don’t worry about everyone knowing you wet the bed, you just tell them you are “oh so special”. Hugs

          Comment by Scottie — April 23, 2017 @ 12:25

  198. Why kill him why not rejoined him

    Comment by Julie — April 23, 2017 @ 15:33

  199. I’ve seen the last picture, this same picture of the super giant gator hanging over and over and over…. first it was in my home state, AL, then MS, then LA now FL
    ….. people confirm facts first!! The first 2 pictures might be true, but the last one has been used over and over and over again!!

    Comment by Mel — April 23, 2017 @ 23:44

  200. SOooooo WHY KILL, just because it was eating it’s meal? It’s lived a long life not bothering anyone! Good grief! Power-trips abound! 😡😡

    Comment by Barb Phipps — April 24, 2017 @ 10:34

  201. I have to call BS… That picture has been allegedly from every lake in the country. Also the TV call letters east of the Mississippi all start with W and not K.

    Comment by Todd — April 24, 2017 @ 11:52

  202. There’s no reason to put that damn Gator down. It didn’t know any better. Walk around swim around eat. ?? But since it’s huge let’s kill it instead of capturing and relocating it to a zoo or somewhere. That Gator is beautiful. If they had all these calls and dismissed them of SIGHTINGS and not KILLINGS then they should have acted differently. It’s doing what it was born to do. No reason to kill it off. What the fuck.

    Comment by Morgan swafford — April 24, 2017 @ 13:00

  203. Why did they kill this amazing animal?

    Comment by Candy — April 24, 2017 @ 14:06

  204. I’m sorry but the gator was only doing what comes naturally. Why did he have to be killed. A tranquilizer dart and large truck would have been sufficient to relocate the animal.

    Comment by john — April 24, 2017 @ 20:58

    • I agree.

      Comment by Lauren — April 25, 2017 @ 14:46

  205. And comments on a story about an alligator becomes political. Ugh, can we please stop making EVERYTHING in this world a binary choice? Thx

    Comment by Tony — April 25, 2017 @ 00:55

  206. Prehistoric. ..Prehysteric!
    Is it full grown?? Approximate age? Do they continue to grow until death?

    Comment by Maureen — April 25, 2017 @ 11:31

  207. I just want to know why it was killed…if it was really killed or what happened to him. Give more of a damn for the creature than liberals.

    Comment by Kayla — April 25, 2017 @ 13:00

  208. Technically doesn’t that mean that this gator broke the world record for largest gator caught?

    Comment by Lauren — April 25, 2017 @ 14:45

  209. Couldn’t you somehow sedate it and take it to a zoo somewhere that it could live out its life. Maybe a deserted island I don’t know where a 28 foot alligator would live but it’s horrible to have to kill it because it’s big but I’m sure there was no alternative

    Comment by Cyntia Spadafore — April 25, 2017 @ 15:56

  210. The 22 footer they caught in the Philippines looked bigger then this .. I call bullshits being “28” foot .. if the warden is 6.5 foot tall, the beast would be more then 3 times bigger then the warden ..and the girth would be huge .this gator mighr be 12 to 14 ft tops

    Comment by Donna — April 25, 2017 @ 18:05

  211. This makes me SICK TO MY STOMACH!!! The gator did not have a person in his mouth, it was a deer comma the same animal that humans kill for food. He was in the lake, HIS territory, being an alligator. I hate how these idiots are always killing them. Don’t you think that Gatorland would love to have had such a big Gator for people to come and see?! all those people who kill the alligators just make me sick!

    Comment by Marilynn Richards — April 25, 2017 @ 19:16

  212. Don’t fall overboard? He’d probably eat the boat with you in it.

    Comment by kdbarr1861 — April 26, 2017 @ 00:02

  213. I am sick and tired of politics HAVING to be in the middle of everything! Is nothing sacred? 😡 Cut me a break! Please

    Comment by Katherine Schayes — April 26, 2017 @ 11:13

  214. Why did they have to kill him ??

    Comment by Ruth — April 26, 2017 @ 12:42

  215. Why did they have to kill him? He was eating a deer like humans do. They killed him just to weigh and measure him. Look what we found. He wasn’t even bothering anyone the people didn’t even believe that there was a alligator in there. You should let him be.Now that you killed him how old was he? He must of been here on earth a long time to grow so big .We do not need to kill everything we are afraid of. He could not have survived so many years and grow so big if he was bothering people because they would have killed him sooner.

    Comment by Lisa Livimgston — April 26, 2017 @ 14:32

    • Oh god multi gods, please read the comments, read the post, and read the blog it is on! The name of the blog is Scotties Toy Box. Do you see the name Scottie in any of the story? Your concern for a creature is totally negated if you can’t read and comprehend what you are reading. Hugs

      Comment by Scottie — April 28, 2017 @ 12:19

  216. Why did the gator be to be killed

    Comment by Lori — April 26, 2017 @ 17:49

  217. It some times take a animal to bring out humans true colors. Iam sure there was other options other the shooting the creature ………,

    Comment by Randy — April 26, 2017 @ 18:18

  218. Wow, did Mr Rogers get to keep the
    Gator for its skin, since they shot it in
    his back yard? That’s a lot of booths,
    Shoes, coats from that gator!😊

    Comment by Joycelyn — April 26, 2017 @ 20:14

  219. Holy suitcase, Batman !! The was as Bigvas the deers abdomin !

    Comment by Mike Reynolds — April 26, 2017 @ 20:15

  220. Omg, poor deer. Atleast they got rid of that one big alligator before it did any tragic damage to a person.

    Comment by New Hampshire — April 26, 2017 @ 21:57

  221. Bogus story – why not remove it? Proof:

    Comment by Marty Martin — April 27, 2017 @ 07:43

    • What and miss all the great comments from people like you? 😄. hugs

      Comment by Scottie — April 27, 2017 @ 07:47

    • Citing Snopes is like saying Jeffry Dahmer was a fine dining chef.

      Comment by Fred Matsch — April 28, 2017 @ 10:23

      • Hello Fred. Well they say opinions are like assholes, everyone has one and everyone thinks theirs don’t stink. Be well. Hugs

        Comment by Scottie — April 28, 2017 @ 12:12

  222. Stop killing wild life.

    Comment by Tracy — April 27, 2017 @ 12:03

  223. Fun little store, cool pictures. Shame the buttercup had to make it political. Who cares about the accuracy?

    Comment by Comrade TrumPP — April 27, 2017 @ 12:13

  224. Safety first – agreed. However, we’re pretty smart as humans. I’d think (and hope) we would choose to ‘capture’ these large beasts and moved them to a safe and private facility where they can be enjoyed and live the rest of their lives. Hate to see God’s creatures slaughtered without cause. Again, I agree with the decision for safety sake. I wouldn’t want that thing crawling up onto our front lawn and eating one (or all) of us. Eek!

    Comment by Javanni LLC — April 27, 2017 @ 13:12

  225. Ok, my question? Why did they have to kill it. It had to be pushing 100 years old and never bothered anyone or they would have known about him.

    Comment by Tom — April 27, 2017 @ 13:42

    • To Tom & everyone else who keep asking the question of why they killed the gator. I don’t have a clue. I know no more than what is in the story. I am not in the story. I simply posted an email I got. I would ask people to read the comments because every time this post goes soaring I get the same questions and I have gotten tired of answering them. I like talking to people but how many times can I say “I don’t know”. Is the story false, some say so, some don’t. I use truth or fiction for finding if a story is true, and I like snopes also. I have been asked why I keep the post. BEcause it is a huge draw, and it reaffirms my belief that people are lazy and will ask for information they could easily look up themselves but would rather have someone else do for them. Be well. Hugs

      Comment by Scottie — April 27, 2017 @ 18:12

  226. Although I wouldn’t want anyone hurt, or worse, it is sad to kill it. We build in an animals habitat and then we kill the same animals when they are by a house.

    Comment by Candy H — April 27, 2017 @ 18:13

  227. Why did they kill this ancient creature ??? Because they could ???? Not a reason on earth to kill this poor thing . Go worry about the violent humans that hurt each other daily … leave the animal world alone 😢

    Comment by Marybeth — April 27, 2017 @ 22:13

  228. I really hate this. Why did they have to kill him? He wasn’t harming anyone.

    Comment by KSw — April 27, 2017 @ 23:06

  229. How old is this gator estimated to be?

    Comment by Kim — April 28, 2017 @ 03:39

  230. So you kill a gator just because it’s big? Wow, glad I don’t live in Florida.

    Comment by Shireley — April 28, 2017 @ 21:28

    • Yes Shireley…. we kill all the big things here. Heck there are not any bigfoots down here at all. However we did not kill the monster trucks, we just keep them in a traveling circus. So dear don’t come down here, we wouldn’t want to mistake you for a large animal non-human based on reasoning ability. Hugs

      Comment by Scottie — April 28, 2017 @ 21:34

  231. They should have relocated him, instead of killing him. Stupid people!!!!

    Comment by patty — April 29, 2017 @ 13:34

  232. Shoot it– that’s his territory.
    Why not sedate it and relocate it ??

    Comment by John Gill — April 30, 2017 @ 01:29

  233. Why kill it n not capture. It n release it where its far from houses. We take away their home n then after they lived such a long life we kill it were the animals

    Comment by Migdalia — April 30, 2017 @ 09:03

  234. Should of put a tracker on it and let it free someplace SAFE
    sad that’s a beautiful animal

    Comment by Jon Johnson — April 30, 2017 @ 21:36

  235. Wow never have seen such a big one of

    Comment by Hill van Gogh — May 1, 2017 @ 23:17

  236. This angers me. Why was this gator killed?

    Comment by Heidi — May 2, 2017 @ 15:03

  237. Awful, this animal lived who knows how many years to die this way is just wrong and disgusting. RELOCATION…….. I will never understand who humans think they are to just take take take lives of God’s creatures. I am from up North originally and am absolutely petrified of these dinosaurs but killing it is just wrong.

    Comment by Jessie Peavey — May 3, 2017 @ 19:06

  238. Poor thang. Don’t see why they had to kill it when we’ve came so far in relocating technology. Hopefully they used the meat….

    Comment by Michael — May 4, 2017 @ 12:26

  239. Shame they had to kill it. The gator was probably 100 years old or more. He didn’t get that big overnight or by being stupid. I understand why they killed it but I think catch and relocate would have been better

    Comment by Stan Pope — May 6, 2017 @ 11:45

  240. What a load of BS. The largest gator ever recorded in Florida is 14 or 15 feet. I grew up near the river swamps on the Alabama/Florida line in Geneva County Alabama and anything about 10 to 11 feet is a huge gator and it’s a rarity. Gotta call bull on this one.

    Comment by Paul Dowling — May 20, 2017 @ 19:01

    • Ah yes, called without reading comments. Good job. You are late to the party, but glad to see you got here. Hugs

      Comment by Scottie — May 20, 2017 @ 19:32

  241. What a beautiful animal this was. Maybe 100+ old!!! WOW!!!

    Comment by Laura Marek — July 6, 2017 @ 11:36

  242. This offends me as a vegan transgender atheist German engineer who vapes organic decaffeinated compressed soy breast milk on the regular and a person who does Indian naked crossfit yoga 5 times per week. I’m also a male feminist and identify myself as a pastafarian Apache helicopter dog who serves only to one master: my chihuahua which I helped cross the border of Mexico because I love Donald Trump. My dog also walks me, if you find that weird you’re an arrogant ignorant homophobic globaphobic sexist.

    Comment by Michael Wall — July 8, 2017 @ 16:41

    • Hi Michael. I can live with that. 🙂 Hugs

      Comment by Scottie — July 8, 2017 @ 16:45

  243. I checked this out on snoops and they have nothing on it Is this rear because if this it is will be the biggest alligator since dinosaurs

    Comment by Josephine Perrone Baransky — July 8, 2017 @ 23:43

    • I have no information on it . Hugs

      Comment by Scottie — July 9, 2017 @ 10:11

  244. Get over yourselves. The democrats and republicans both lie. The republicans just really suck at spinning facts and statistics.

    This article is very scarce of info though. Click bait.

    Comment by Asshat — July 11, 2017 @ 11:31

    • Thanks for sharing your unwanted opinion. Opinions are like assholes, everyone has one and everyone thinks theirs does not stink. IMO yours does. Hugs

      Comment by Scottie — July 11, 2017 @ 12:25

      • You don’t like it remove it

        Comment by Belinda comer — July 12, 2017 @ 17:15

        • Na why bother, let it show your voice to the world. Hugs

          Comment by Scottie — July 12, 2017 @ 18:49

  245. Tell me WHY they ” were FORCED to kill it”

    Comment by Kirsten — July 11, 2017 @ 19:16

    • It had bad breath? I don’t know. THe story is made up so who knows. Hugs

      Comment by Scottie — July 12, 2017 @ 19:33

  246. Poor guy had to lived a VERY long time! Sad to take his life after he survived so long!

    Comment by Liz — July 11, 2017 @ 22:31

  247. […] Source: […]

    Pingback by Huge Alligator Swimming With Deer Shot and Killed - WTF Florida? — July 11, 2017 @ 22:34

  248. ORIGINS: The photograph displayed above first hit the Internet in August 2005, described as a an alligator (of unspecified size) killed in Bay City, Texas. By April 2006 versions of this item had shifted the locale from Texas to Florida and enlarged the 13-foot gator into a 23-foot behemoth, and by April 2013 the giant gator was described as measuring a whopping 28 feet in length.

    The photograph is real, and the text that originally accompanied it accurately reflected an account of an alligator killed by game wardens near West Columbia, Texas (a town whose primary claim to fame is its status as the First Capital of the fledgling Republic of Texas), in April 2005:

    Game wardens forced to shoot alligator
    Published April 16, 2005
    WEST COLUMBIA – Anita and Charlie Rogers could hear the bellowing in the night.

    Her neighbors in Bar X Ranch had been telling them they had seen a giant alligator in the bayou that runs behind their house, but they dismissed the stories as exaggerations.

    “I didn’t believe it,” Charles Rogers said. Friday they realized the stories were, if anything, understated. Texas Parks and Wildlife game wardens had to shoot the beast.


    The startling picture was taken by Val Horvath, a photographer then working for The Facts, a newspaper in Clute, Texas.

    The American alligator is commonly found throughout the southern U.S., including the eastern third of Texas, generally in and around fresh-water sources such as swamps, rivers, bayous, and marshes. They typically range

    in size from 10 to 15 feet in length, so a 13-ft. gator would certainly be a large specimen, but not an extraordinarily-sized one. (A 28-foot American alligator, however, is beyond the realm of credibility, as the largest reported example of that species was only 19.8 feet in length, and even that claim is disputed.)

    This image is another example of how positioning can exaggerate the apparent size of objects in photographs. The alligator is in the foreground of the picture, with its head turned towards the camera, while a game warden strolls in the background, making the reptile (particularly its head) seem much proportionally larger than it really is.

    LAST UPDATED: 26 April 2013


    The Facts. “Gator Done.”

    16 April 2005.

    Comment by Tammy Searcy — July 12, 2017 @ 10:38

    • Thanks for doing the work. I think in the comments it is listed a few times. People just don’t seem to care. Hugs

      Comment by Scottie — July 12, 2017 @ 19:07

  249. That’s a huge gator. The biggest I have seen is 25 footer that lived in the Bayou behind my house in Texas.

    Comment by Eric — July 12, 2017 @ 12:16

  250. fake news

    Comment by heywood jablowme — July 12, 2017 @ 13:04

    • well not really fake news, it is an old made up story made of several other older news stories. Clearly says so in the comments. Hugs

      Comment by Scottie — July 12, 2017 @ 18:58

  251. Why kill the gator of it wasn’t harming anyone and just living doing what it’s supposed to in it’s natural habitat 28 ft long or not it had no reason to be killed that dear wasn’t anybodies pet.

    Comment by Courtney — July 12, 2017 @ 15:01

  252. Thanks for spreading fake news.

    Comment by reachbrand — July 12, 2017 @ 16:10

    • Yup, you got it, if you read through the comments you will see that a lot of people have confirmed it is fake. IF you notice the date it is a really old post. But people still react as if it is a new fox news story. Hugs

      Comment by Scottie — July 12, 2017 @ 18:57

  253. Should have relocated it instead of killing it. It didn’t kill anyone or anybody pet. It had a right to eat and live to.

    Comment by Belinda comer — July 12, 2017 @ 16:43

    • Ya, but I have been told gator tail is good eatin. Hugs

      Comment by Scottie — July 12, 2017 @ 18:53

  254. they should have left it alone it wasn’t bothering anyone or anything it was just eating trying to survive it didn’t kill anybody it didn’t kill anybody pet it was just trying to survive just like anything else on God’s green earth if they were scared of it relocated do not kill it but the cowards we’re on a power trip when God gets ahold of them I feel sorry for him an innocent animal got slaughtered personally I would have took it down alligator farm but we live in a world full of cowards and hypocrites I feel sorry for him when I get in front of the good Lord when they had to justify for killing animals when they didn’t need to be slaughtered rest in peace sweet baby

    Comment by Belinda comer — July 12, 2017 @ 17:12

    • Well they don’t need to worry, god is a made up myth. Hugs

      Comment by Scottie — July 12, 2017 @ 18:52

  255. That is the most stupid thing I ever seeing,why killing the animal for me that’s cawards those guys could easily get thin a live and bring to a reservoir area or to a zoo but not kiled him

    Comment by Rmr — July 12, 2017 @ 18:41

  256. The game wardens “Were Forced” to shoot the gator!
    Why so??? Did the gator come running after them, yelling and screaming, “I’m going to eat you all!!!”
    Can’t leave well enough alone, they have to Kill the Gator!!! He wasn’t eating or killing or chasing anyone, Leave the damn gator Alone! No, the badasses with the guns, always end up being justified to KILL THE GATOR!
    Before I leave, I must say, I listened to many of your rants and calling out the next guy, trying to be smarter than the next and as you carried on, so many typo’s, misspellings and just plain stupididity!
    Many of you people are ridiculous!
    A story about a gator killing a deer turns so stupidly political!
    As I turn to walk away, I am shaking my damn head!

    Comment by The real truth... — July 12, 2017 @ 20:58

  257. Why did they feel the need to kill it?

    Comment by Kelsey — July 13, 2017 @ 13:34

  258. How old do they think he was

    Comment by Melisss — July 13, 2017 @ 16:37

  259. Real alligator. Size is a hoax. Location is wrong. You’ve been chewing on your plastic toys?

    Comment by CK — July 13, 2017 @ 17:29

    • Yup, especially the ones from answers in genesis. 🙂 Hugs

      Comment by Scottie — July 14, 2017 @ 16:50

  260. For the Love of St Pete. It’s an alligator. I’m pretty sure that they don’t vote in Florida. Why has everybody brought politics into this picture? I personally have never heard of a 25ft alligator, but then again stuff happens. Life Goes On, except for the alligator. Laughing out loud.

    Comment by Larry — July 13, 2017 @ 19:02

  261. I’ve read everyone comments & I normally don’t reply on such feeds.. but how does a feed with a mammoth gator have anything to with politics???? Just asking!!! lol (if you you have rude or disrespectful comments, please keep them to your selves). Thank you!

    Comment by Vickie — July 14, 2017 @ 00:34

  262. Garbage bullshit sorry excuse for an “article”. Poorly written, poorly researched with clearly photoshopped photo.

    Comment by Chester — July 14, 2017 @ 09:12

  263. How the F does an alligator story turn into political nonsense!?

    Comment by Bob n Neil Politcidiots — July 14, 2017 @ 11:20

  264. Huge animal. Wonder if it was a world record in size and weight..Too bF no one thought to notify The Alligator Farm in Stock. Augustine about catching it alive and taking it to live there.

    Comment by Sue Royer — July 14, 2017 @ 12:28

  265. Would it been to risky to move him to like The Naples Zoo or The Miami Zoo? Instead of killing him? Are we in Alligator Hunting Season during the time he was killed?

    Comment by nascardianeyahoocom — July 14, 2017 @ 12:47

  266. Why was it necessary to kill it?

    Comment by Barry J. Heapz — July 14, 2017 @ 12:53

  267. Why does the gator need to die. Fuck you FWC. Let’s go kill all the bears, sharks too.

    Comment by Billy McFadden — July 14, 2017 @ 13:50

    • FWC is a conversation agency, not a preservation agency. This mission is to manage resources, not save them all. Go join peta if you oppose killing animals, but don’t fault FWC for doing their job.

      Comment by D — July 14, 2017 @ 21:44

  268. Why did he have to be killed?

    Comment by Cyndi Gandy — July 14, 2017 @ 14:08

  269. Why kill it?

    Comment by Leslie — July 14, 2017 @ 15:10

  270. The pictures are real, but the stories are not. These are two different alligators in two different states, both about 12 feet long. One in southern Georgia, the other in Texas.

    Comment by Kim — July 14, 2017 @ 15:21

  271. Omg. Why couldnt you pieces of shit leave him alone.

    Comment by Maria — July 14, 2017 @ 17:45

    • Well he had bad breath. How do you know we are pieces of feces anyway? You in the same gene pool? Hugs

      Comment by Scottie — July 14, 2017 @ 20:13

  272. I wonder how many more just like that one are out there?
    I wonder how many are out there are way bigger that may have not been seen yet…

    Comment by Matthew — July 14, 2017 @ 20:15

  273. Fake news

    Comment by D — July 14, 2017 @ 21:42

  274. That’s really sad. I don’t understand why he had to be killed when he just could’ve been captured and relocated. Who’s the savage here?!?! The gator was just living life, he did not deserve to die.

    Comment by Ramona Ayala — July 14, 2017 @ 22:37

  275. 😢Such a majestic creature shot down, what a shame.

    Comment by I'm Shandra — July 14, 2017 @ 23:04

  276. Why did u kill such s beautiful creature? That FN bullshit!

    Comment by Wendy — July 14, 2017 @ 23:05

  277. No they did not need to shoot those choose too just to prove they were bad asses… I hope a gator eats them… No scratch that that would get the gator killed I hope the die painful deaths

    Comment by Charles — July 15, 2017 @ 00:31

  278. But why kill it. Why not let it live and study it’s behaviors and patterns of life…. White ppl……

    Comment by Thomas Sanford — July 15, 2017 @ 05:16

  279. What? What a shame to have to kill such an awesome animal. The Crockadile hunter would have saved him were he still alive. Florida fish & game should have at least tried to do doth same.

    Comment by Brandon Stengel — July 15, 2017 @ 08:20

  280. OMG! That is a monster of a swamp devil. Good thing he hadn’t gotten any humans.

    Comment by Kathy — July 15, 2017 @ 09:08

  281. I hate gators yet they are still on endangered list. But manatees are not. Glad its dead but do we really have to see it hanging?? Totally not necessary

    Comment by Star — July 15, 2017 @ 09:09

  282. It was atrocious they killed this gator. He was doing no harm. He had lived a long and peaceful life to have reached that size. He just happened to be out when someone saw him. When will men learn to leave nature alone. If something lives to be sizeable they have to kill it. How stupid. The game wardens were NOT forced to shoot it.

    Comment by Allison hall — July 15, 2017 @ 09:14

  283. How old is the Gator estimated to be?

    Comment by Jennie — July 15, 2017 @ 09:25

  284. Why not capture the animal and put it in a sanctuary? why do they have to kill it?

    Comment by Tom — July 15, 2017 @ 09:57

  285. I saw this photograph about 2 years ago

    Comment by James Carlin — July 15, 2017 @ 10:26

  286. Why would you kill something that rare? Catch him and put him in a wildlife sanctuary

    Comment by Rob Orcutt — July 15, 2017 @ 11:11

  287. Why did he have to be killed?? Was he harming the humans or just trying to live a peaceful life in the wild? Hurts my feelings

    Comment by sabrina — July 15, 2017 @ 13:12

  288. Why do we have to kill every thing, we are taking all their habitat, they have no place to go. That deer was his food, not a man. We are suppose to be the caretakers of the animal kindom??

    Comment by Ann — July 15, 2017 @ 14:09

  289. Why did it have to die and not relocated? Filthy humans.

    Comment by Jeffrey — July 15, 2017 @ 15:50

  290. What happened to the meat this gator could provide since he killed? I believe in giving back; I know that sounds silly but should something happen to me … I’m a donor. Obviously I won’t need whatever can be salvaged so why shouldn’t someone else benefit from my demise?

    Just Wondering,
    Woman in Texas

    Comment by Glenda Butaud — July 15, 2017 @ 17:21

  291. 19 ft 2 inches is the record size American alligator according to Wikipedia.
    Wikipedia also say the biggest lies are in Florida.

    Comment by Roy Mevers — July 15, 2017 @ 18:19

  292. Awesome animal, but it should have been left alone.

    Comment by Lawrence R. — July 15, 2017 @ 21:42

  293. why killing it? 😤

    Comment by Raf — July 15, 2017 @ 22:29

  294. The poor gator he wasn’t bothering anyone. He obviously hadn’t killed anyone. We encroach on their territory and expect them to leave or starve. It’s simply not fair. I can understand killing him he was eating children or grown adults. But he shouldn’t have been killed simply because he was so large. He could’ve been placed in a zoo. A gator that large had to be very very old.

    Comment by Misty Snyder — July 15, 2017 @ 23:22

  295. I need about a foot of that tail to fry up. Thank you.

    Comment by Msrgie white — July 16, 2017 @ 00:09

  296. Why kill it??? Can’t you relocate it?

    Comment by Toni Ann Palladino — July 16, 2017 @ 02:27

  297. Why not relocate this giant alligator to some other safer location instead of killing it? I find that this practice is problematic in that it provides negative publicity to and fear of a wild reptile. Time for people to grow up!

    Comment by Kerry M Berger — July 16, 2017 @ 02:34

  298. I have never heard of a case in which alligator has been killed by authorities, just because of where it lived or its threat to society. They are relocated at any cost. Either this article is short of information telling us why such an animal would be killed, meaning we don’t have all the facts, or it’s not true. This makes no sense under normal protocol.

    Comment by Andrea Rodrigue — July 16, 2017 @ 03:51

  299. All this whining about killing the alligator and how the dear is in the food chain well something else that would be in the food chain could be someone’s 4 year old daughter playing next to the water I being a father of several girls would not want to take the chance with my family yes to kill any animal except to survive is bad but it’s the normal course of life the issue needed to be addressed while they had the chance .what the hell that has to do with politics I have no idea. JUST SAYING YALL HAVE A GREAT DAY.

    Comment by Andy — July 16, 2017 @ 05:38

    • Population control

      Comment by James — July 16, 2017 @ 13:18

  300. Why did they have to kill it? They could have tranqulized it and relocated it😭

    Comment by Shannon — July 16, 2017 @ 08:18

  301. I wish there was a way to relocate animals like this rather than killing them you know he was around for a long time way before us and he was trying to survive. We choose to move into their area not the other way around.

    Comment by Maggie — July 16, 2017 @ 08:44

    • I soooo agree!!! That alligator has lived a long time and they kill it instead of relocating?

      Comment by Nancy Fisher Hartmann — July 16, 2017 @ 18:37

      • Yes by all means we should let it start eating children instead

        Comment by mobius — July 17, 2017 @ 07:37

      • Maybe watch your children and nothing will happen.

        Comment by Ann Giles — July 17, 2017 @ 16:04

    • That is incorrect. The alligators are filling up the swamps. Sharks are coming to our beaches. Bees and brown recluse spiders are nesting around our houses. Bed bugs are in hotels. Jelly fish are in the millions.

      Do what some said years ago. Make a trench along our border at Mexico. Fill it with with water. Capture the sweet mild poor alligators and dump them in the moat. That will stop the illegals coming in the US. That sounds like what some of you want. You are so misguided and illogical.

      Comment by Jerrilynn — July 16, 2017 @ 18:52

      • Animals are moving closer to society because we continue to grow & tear down their habitats.
        Animals are learning that we might also be a good source of food. Deer, raccoons, oppossums, and other scavengers sneak into our neighborhoods & cities & learn there’s plenty of good eats in our trash. These guys also happen to be prey animals. So logically their predators are going to follow.

        Predators are not inherently evil creatures. Alligators are generally docile & have a lackadaisical attitude towards humans (crocodiles are the ones to be wary of, but not inherently feared). This guy could have been relocated instead of destroyed. Yes. Their numbers are beginning to rise again, but that is not a reason to destroy an animal that was just living its life.
        Sharks live in the ocean. It’s their home, not ours. If they wanna feed on the baitfish swimming near shore, that’s their prerogative. If you accidentally get bit because you’re in their habitat, it is NOT the shark’s fault. They have enough problems with finning as it is, they don’t need to be slaughtered at random just because someone thinks they’re scary. They’re a keystone species in the ocean. Without them, everything else crumbles.

        Comment by Kaylee T — July 16, 2017 @ 21:20

      • I believe the sharks, like this gator are in their natural habitats. To say that sharks are coming to “our” beaches is silly. The ocean is theirs.
        I don’t want people getting hurt but we are not the only species on this planet, just the most dangerous.

        Comment by Ed — July 17, 2017 @ 03:06

      • You might want to do more reading & research yourself. Most of what you said is inaccurate plus the simple fact is we are overtaking their habitat and without bees, we don’t eat. This world needs to be preserved and taken care. All the stuff you’re talking about is happening because we aren’t. Btw, there is a direct connection between global climate change and jellyfish, so we are causing that problem ourselves. Last, but not least, sharks have been at these beaches for a helluva lot longer than you & I. If we don’t stop the careless killing & destruction of our world, we may not have one. I would suggest that you need to work on understanding the logic of the natural world. It makes a lot more sense than you do.

        Comment by Dave — July 17, 2017 @ 04:22

      • No that wouldn’t stop illegal immigration. Because first of all wherever there i that much desperation people will find away. And second most of the people here illegally have overstayed their visa and just never left. You want to stop illegal immigration stop allowing business owners from hiring them so they can take advantage of people in desperate situations and pay them less. People are just saying they would like to be able to see this alligator be able to live his life away from people. There’s nothing wrong with wishing that could happen. Your illegal immigrant analogy just shows how heartless you can be.

        Comment by Rick — July 17, 2017 @ 11:40

      • That was one to capture live and to analyze to see how many years old it is. Also I am the one who said cut a canal between USA & Mexico and fill with fish, flora/fauna and that will do away with illegal border crossings.

        Thanks for mentioning my goal.

        Comment by Andre — July 17, 2017 @ 14:40

      • Bruh tf that’s actually called nature stuff like that actually happens believe it or not

        Comment by Branden — July 17, 2017 @ 16:43

      • Yes you got a great idea. They be eating your chjldren. I hope the peiple love their children.

        Comment by Cindy — July 17, 2017 @ 20:15

    • Even if they were to relocate him, alligators will try and find their way back which may be more of a public safety concern than letting him be

      Comment by Heidi — July 17, 2017 @ 08:28

    • Thing has to die, it’s our land too they are very dangerous things and wouldn’t think twice of eating you or your children. It looks like it would have grown to the size of a dinosaur. Kill them before they spread

      Comment by Del — July 17, 2017 @ 08:33

      • Are you nuts? What would you do if someone came to your home right now and said ” you are a danger to society for thinking the land you BORROW didn’t belong to animals first and keeping your children safe is YOUR RESPONSIBILITY since you KNOW you are in alligator indigenous areas…so YOU HAVE TO BE SHOT?”
        It’s the same.
        You are not king of the land simply because you are on it!
        Those animals you say must be killed were there FIRST just living. Be aware of the potential dangers always in your area and never let your children go where alligators might be alone .
        It’s really quite simple.
        It’s responsibility and awareness on YOUR part as a parent and a person who CHOOSES to live where these animals are. Re-read that last sentence.
        You CHOOSE to live where they are.
        If you don’t like the scary indigenous animals…. move. You should have known the risks before you bought your land.

        Comment by Laura Wilson — July 17, 2017 @ 11:14

      • What an idiot!

        Comment by Joe Blo — July 17, 2017 @ 13:36

    • Really, a 28ft gator?? So who else’s back yard would u dump that in?? And the gator has been around a while, 20, maybe 30 years, but not before humans, in general. It’s species was, but that gator itself wasnt. A predator like that NEEDS to be killed. U can’t even bring it to a wildlife preserve, because it would kill every other animal there, including other gators. Ur a real genius, aren’t u??

      Comment by Neo Knight Templar — July 17, 2017 @ 09:33

    • To where? They can bring the next one to your neighborhood.

      Comment by Beth — July 17, 2017 @ 12:51

    • Where else are humans suppose to live???

      Comment by Scott — July 17, 2017 @ 14:39

    • i agree… how old do you think this reptile was…. probably way older then the people who shot it! 😦 santuary relocation in my opinion is the viable option.

      Comment by Anthony W Pearman — July 17, 2017 @ 15:10

    • *deleted* , u wouldn’t say that if it grabbed ur child , so please pipe down
      *** I do not let anyone make personal attacks on others on my blog. Some of these comments are getting close to and some are crossing that line. I also am the only one who can deny anyone someone their voice on my Toy Box, so please don’t tell people to shut up or not to voice their opinion. Hugs***

      Comment by Scott — July 17, 2017 @ 16:06

    • Man is destructive if we don’t want it then it has to go. Its sad I know because that gator was prob pretty old. If anything put it on a gator farm to finish out it’s life but don’t kill it.

      Comment by Bob — July 17, 2017 @ 16:27

  302. So sad that alligators have to be destroyed for doing what they do.
    People always freak out over wildlife that encroached on their property.
    What is be expected if we keep taking their habitat from them? The animals have to live somewhere!!

    Comment by Kat — July 16, 2017 @ 10:08

    • Yeah, we have to live somewhere too, dumbass!

      Comment by Jeff — July 16, 2017 @ 21:29

      • You’re an idiot

        Comment by Kevin — July 16, 2017 @ 23:49

      • Chill. We haven’t even gotten close to running out of places to live.

        Comment by Leah — July 17, 2017 @ 14:43

  303. This makes me sick. Not one reason to shoot this amazing creature. I hate those people for what they did. What does he mean he was “forced” to
    Shoot him? Unbelievably inhumane and disgusting to me.

    Comment by Lindsey — July 16, 2017 @ 12:05

    • AGREE!!!

      Comment by Nancy Fisher Hartmann — July 16, 2017 @ 18:39

    • Lol you would say that. What if he had eaten one of your kids

      Comment by Del — July 17, 2017 @ 08:35

  304. You didn’t have to kill it. Just move it, God people are awful.

    Comment by Kari — July 16, 2017 @ 12:22

    • Shut up given chance it would of eaten you too

      Comment by Del — July 17, 2017 @ 08:36

    • The only way they couldve caught am animal that large would be with extremely heavy land equipment that is as long as the gator is dumb enough to get close to it. With a gator that has lived that long witgout being spotted hes not dumb. Shoot it examine it learn from it.*edited by Scottie* **Let’s leave personal attacks out of the comments please. **

      Comment by Brando — July 17, 2017 @ 11:46

      • Put it in a gator farm and examine it when it does naturally

        Comment by Bob — July 17, 2017 @ 16:31

  305. Um no, this was in Texas.

    Comment by Carol — July 16, 2017 @ 12:44

    • Thank you for pointing this out. People believe everything posted…..

      Comment by Lori Hiller — July 16, 2017 @ 20:45

  306. I hate that they had to kill this beautiful creature

    Comment by James — July 16, 2017 @ 13:08

    • Shut up he would have eaten you given the chance 😁

      Comment by Del — July 17, 2017 @ 08:37

  307. Why kill, in ZA we have crocodiles which get even bigger, we always try to relocate. That is the biggest alligator that I have seen, must have been very old, as they are sliw growing animals.

    Comment by Lynette — July 16, 2017 @ 15:08

  308. Ok how does a post about an oversized lizard turn into a political rant?

    Comment by Troy Patton — July 16, 2017 @ 16:28

  309. Why the Hell did they kill that magnificent gator?

    Comment by Michelle Boswell — July 16, 2017 @ 16:48

  310. OMG. This is like a dinosaur!

    Comment by Vann — July 16, 2017 @ 17:30

  311. All you had to do was tranquilize it and move to a wild life reservation I’m sure Florida has many

    Comment by Neale — July 16, 2017 @ 18:24

  312. Thank goodness!! I can only imagine how many lives these people saved!!

    Comment by Laura — July 16, 2017 @ 18:37

  313. So would all you save the alligator people say do not kill if it was your pet in the alligator’s mouth? Or your child? You all are wanting to keep this dangerous animal alive and you have no value for the deer? One said an alligator was doing what he normally does. Well, so does a rattle snake and boa constrictor. A killer is a killer, whether an animal or child killer. So save the predators??? Save the sharks when they have a human surfer in their mouth???

    Comment by Jerrilynn — July 16, 2017 @ 18:39

    • If that’s you’re true belief then you best start slaughtering humans, since we’re one of the biggest predators on the planet.

      What an uneducated statement. Yes. This animal ate a deer. Shocking though it may be to some, DEER ARE PREY ANIMALS! Sometimes they get eaten. You wanna kill every hunter that sits in a blind & shoots one to bring home & eat too?

      AGAIN. Sharks live in the ocean. It is THEIR HOME. They don’t look at a human & go “oh! A person! lemme bite it!” They see something that resembles prey (seals, turtles, etc) so they take a poke at it, realize it’s not food, & typically move on. Shark attack victims die from blood loss, not from being eaten alive.

      Snakes are more afraid of you than you are of them. 99% of all bites are because a human tried to approach the snake (generally to kill it). If you leave it alone, it isn’t going to chase you in order to bite you. It’s has self preservation. It wants to be left alone. Not eat you, your children & all your pets. They’re not the spawn of Satan. They’re animals living their lives in habitats we’ve decided to claim as our own.

      But, If you’re so against predators, which is ridiculous for a number of reasons – one of which being that our environment and nature would crumble without them, then you should have no problem slaughtering all the feral & outdoor cats that populate many cities. They’re predators. In fact, they’re also an invasive species. They can destroy native bird populations & throw off the order of the entire habitat it’s roaming in.
      If that’s a problem for you, then you need to reevaluate why you’re so adamant for destroying the life of a gator, shark, snake, etc, but not one of the top invasive harmful predators to many cities. Just because you’re scared of it and it’s big and there are exaggerated stories on how deadly they are does not mean it needs to die. It means you need to learn about these animals and stop getting all your information from the media.
      True fact: hippos kill more people than sharks (and alligators, for the record) annually. So do lightning strikes, ant bites & dogs.

      Comment by Kaylee T — July 16, 2017 @ 21:35

    • Kill the damn humans. This animal was not a killer. He was eating his prey. We had no right to kill it. I really resent your statement.

      Comment by Hilarie — July 16, 2017 @ 23:51

    • You are an idiot…MAN is the ONLY animal that kills for fun…for sport… for reasons OTHER than for food.

      Comment by Greg Swagler — July 17, 2017 @ 17:17

      • Well Greg that is not really true. Some animals do kill for reasons far removed from food. Hugs

        Comment by Scottie — July 17, 2017 @ 19:20

  314. The first two pictures are real. The last one is a hoax – I’ve seen it before. Look it up on

    Comment by Don — July 16, 2017 @ 18:41

  315. Why didn’t they take it to Busch Gardens??? They have quite a few nuisance alligators relocated there???
    Just like the saying about wolves: everybody wants to be a wolf until it comes time to do wolf stuff.
    Well, everybody wants to be a gator until it comes time to do gator stuff.
    Polk county, especially Lake Hunter is full of alligators. This poor thing lived a lot of years….it came along eating something and somebody shoots it. For what? Doing “gator stuff?” Being “big?”
    Move the hell away from gators if you dont like them!

    Comment by Nancy — July 16, 2017 @ 19:03

  316. Why in God’s name did you kill this magnificent creature? Was there seriously no other way? If this was Florida don’t they have places that care for animals such as this. I mean for crying out loud. Had it killed a Human? Had it threatened someone? It had a Stag in it’s mouth. Hell there are men that come out of the deer woods all the time with Stags are you going to start killing them next?? I’m sorry I just don’t understand the thinking behind this….

    Comment by Kimberley Martin — July 16, 2017 @ 19:17

  317. I was raised in the swamps since I was a 7 year old girl. We washed and swam in the lake Washington river never affraid of snakes or gators . of course if we were cautious . and if one came on land our daddy shot it and we are it. What I would like to know what are you planning on doing withh this very large gator now that you have shot and killed it and have it on display. It has lives a long time without taking people’s lives to get that big. So what are your plans ?

    Comment by Buffy wedel — July 16, 2017 @ 20:04

    • Hey Buffy. My plans are to keep seeing how many people will comment without reading the comments and not understanding the post. I am going to have fun. My plans are to have surgery, have fun, have a great life. What are your plans now that you left a comment? Hugs

      Comment by Scottie — July 16, 2017 @ 20:38

  318. Why not just shoot the stupid humans who are building their fancy homes and encroaching on Gator territory. Thin out THAT herd for a change. The gators have a right to be there. People move into wild animal territory then get hysterical when an animal shows up in their backyard and call for Animal Control to come out and shoot it. If you don’t want wildlife in your space then fucking move to the city and stay out of THEIR space. It pisses me off!!!

    Comment by Cj — July 16, 2017 @ 21:43

  319. So, you killed an animal that was simply doing its own thing, but because you’re human and fear the animal, you couldn’t think and do the macho thing instead I don’t know RELOCATE IT? So again you killed it….. WOW….. pos and to the morons whom say the animals are living closer to US, we’re the ones that are over populating the earth, it’s us moving closer to them.

    Comment by Truth speaker — July 16, 2017 @ 21:51

  320. We have lost over 52% of wildlife in the last 40 years. There was no reason at all for this murder. They should be ashamed.

    Comment by Karon — July 16, 2017 @ 21:58

  321. The gator lived there first.

    Comment by Roux Cain — July 16, 2017 @ 22:04

  322. This is a story from Sept. 15, 2010.

    Comment by Pussy N' Ale — July 16, 2017 @ 22:44

  323. There can only be one

    Comment by Nathan — July 16, 2017 @ 23:04

  324. I think that’s a damn dinosaur… That gator way too big..

    Comment by Kim — July 16, 2017 @ 23:40

  325. Why did you have to kill it. That was wrong. He deserved to be here just as much as us. I really would like you to explain your rational.

    Comment by Hilarie — July 16, 2017 @ 23:47

  326. Don’t you weary of these folks who bleed for animals but don’t give a rip for abortions?

    Comment by chinajack2 — July 17, 2017 @ 00:05

  327. Why do you keep killing gators for being gators? Shameful.

    Comment by Kim Pate — July 17, 2017 @ 00:07

  328. This is a sad day for this O.G alligator how would you like it if you lived to your ripe old age and someone killed you this shouldn’t have happened

    Comment by Roberta — July 17, 2017 @ 00:12

  329. Killing any animal is wrong. They could have relocated him. 🤦🏽‍♀️

    Comment by Fran — July 17, 2017 @ 00:52

  330. There is no such thing as a 28′ gator…crocs are much bigger than gators, but you will never see even one of those that big!

    Comment by James J Wood — July 17, 2017 @ 06:54

  331. This is a bogus story that has been frequently repeated on Facebook…They change the location

    Comment by Bob — July 17, 2017 @ 07:08

  332. That was the right thing to do these alligators are killing to many things and need to go, next could be one of us… Thank you for taking care of this

    Comment by jody — July 17, 2017 @ 08:23

  333. Why did they have to kill that majestic creature ??? Could’ve tranquilized it and moved it somewhere else Seems the only thing you might want to do is kill everything

    Comment by Vera — July 17, 2017 @ 08:43

  334. Some people will believe anything. There is no such thing as a 28 foot alligator. FWS said that one is 12-14 feet, I see those ALL the time in Florida. It is impossible and unnecessary to relocate ANY of them, they are EVERYWHERE here. How do you all think a large gator, with a slow metabolism, gets to be 13+ feet and 700+ pounds? Eating minnows?

    Here are some actual FACTS about these picture, BTW.

    Comment by Mark L. — July 17, 2017 @ 09:02

  335. Just think there’s many this one. Next time I am sure it will be a human being the gator attacks for food. It’s what they do EAT! So I am good with killing them. Not Much into having these creatures prancing around areas with children or adults. Yeah yeah I know it’s their land we invade and tear down. But be logical here this gator would have ate you in a heartbeat.

    Comment by Curtis — July 17, 2017 @ 09:09

  336. How about some sane rationalization:
    As much as I love wildlife and I strongly believe that we need to preserve areas from development, to allow an enduring legacy of biological diversity, I also understand a few facts:
    1. The population of Alligators has rebounded from low numbers 30 years ago, to what has now become a staggering number, that also heavily encroaches into densely populated areas with people, pets, livestock, and children.
    2. Alligators, while generally reflective of their interest to conserve energy, are also cold blooded, as reptiles are, and they become much more aggressive with an increase in their metabolism in the summer.
    3. This particular alligator, although probably not of the size quoted, was undoubtedly an enormous specimen and cleary shown its propensity to indulge in large mammalian prey. This fact especially makes this particular alligator a very dangerous creature to have taken up residence near homes and other domestic animals. And yes, there are a number of instances where these creatures kill people, particularly children.
    4. Alligators, often, when relocated wind up back in the same locations, unless transported to hundreds of miles away.. Not actually that practical
    5. Do you really think a tranquilizer dart is going to subdue this 2000 plus pound dinosaur, who’s primal brain is pretty darn small considering his size.
    6.. The logistics of moving this enormous, and potentially deadly, beast to another location is not as easy as you think.. Just trying to capture it poses a huge risk to the wardens.
    7. The removal of a single large animal from the ecosystem does not necessarily diminish the ubiquitous number of breeding alligators already within that biosphere.
    8.. If he had been discovered deep in the everglades, away from direct contact with people and domestic animals, he would have been admired and left alone.
    9.. The life of a person is worth saving.

    Comment by Dave — July 17, 2017 @ 09:12

  337. Are people that stupid why kill a animal for being in it’s home we are the invaders not then I’m all for the safety of people and the right to hunt this gator should not be kill if it hasn’t attacked anyone know your surrounding

    Comment by David Miller — July 17, 2017 @ 10:02

  338. Why did they kill it?, they could’ve captured it and brough it to a sanctuary… maybe I’m not seen the whole picture.

    Comment by Simon diaz — July 17, 2017 @ 10:39

  339. If you go in the ocean be prepared to encounter all things that are INDIGENOUS to that place. HUMANS ARE NOT. So don’t be so outraged when something happens. You should have known the risks!
    Ditto Bears in bear country!
    Ditto alligators where they are INDIGENOUS!
    Why people who steadily build on or hike into habitats for animals and then are so surprised when they encounter one just living it’s life and everyone says ..relocate it or kill it, is absolutely ridiculous.
    What would you say if someone came to your home and said ” sorry but you are a danger to society to you have be shot?”
    THINK, PEOPLE, beyond your own greed for land and don’t get sarcastically ignorant about letting animals take over the Earth. Mother nature takes care of that.
    You have to KNOW animals were here first.
    If you’re worried about something eating “your kids” or pets…keep them safer. Be aware of the POTENTIALS for danger in your area.
    It’s really simple common sense when choosing to live in areas where these animals were living first. Don’t be so obtuse.

    Comment by Laura Wilson — July 17, 2017 @ 11:00

  340. This alligator was caught in Bay Texas, not Florida. It was also NOT 28 ft long! The largest one recorded was 19 ft long. Just goes to show how many people keep adding “FAKE NEWS” to situations. Look it up on Snopes.

    Comment by John Robert — July 17, 2017 @ 12:01

  341. He should have been relocated not killed. Imagine how old this guy was. Sad that they don’t look at alternatives for them.

    Comment by Amy — July 17, 2017 @ 12:16

  342. Mr. Alligator crawled in backyard to feast on an armadillo from the creek in back of my house from the Noxubee N

    National Refuge. He was 10 feet 9 inches long weighing over 300 lbs. when he started bellowing for his mate the head man from the state of MS came and loaded alive in back of a pickup and him to safety! A true stor🐊🐊🐊🐊🐊

    Comment by Bettye Vickers — July 17, 2017 @ 12:25

  343. Florida? News station starts with a K? Fake fake fake

    Comment by David — July 17, 2017 @ 12:27

  344. True that animals are animals and the reason most people get injured or killed is because we are trespassing on they’re grounds… Whether it be in the forest or the ocean… And the fault definitely falls on man…. But with that said, if any one of those animals decide to have a negative altercation with my lil girl, IT WILL BE THEY’RE LAST!

    Comment by Kenneth Prevatt — July 17, 2017 @ 13:00

  345. True that animals are animals and the reason most people get injured or killed is because we are trespassing on they’re grounds… Whether it be in the forest or the ocean… And the fault definitely falls on man…. But with that said, if any one of those animals decide to have a negative altercation with my lil girl, IT WILL BE THEIR LAST!

    Comment by Kenneth Prevatt — July 17, 2017 @ 13:00

  346. I just read a good amount of these posts and one of the misconceptions is this guy was not dangerous i.e rabid. They are, in fact, predators who eat meat. Lions, coyote etc. Does that makes them dangerous? Yes, as other animals are their meals. It’s nature at work folks. Now do I want one living along my yard, no. This guy was not doing anything wrong, it was being itself looking for a good meal. YES I would be aghast if it were my pet in it’s mouth or worse yet someones child. Does that still make it dangerous and acting out of revenge, rabies etc. Not unless it becomes a nusiance, meaning the correct answer to this problem is to relocate it. I do believe that if you choose to live in gater land, desert where there are many poisonous snakes, mountains where there are large cats and bear, then as co-habitators we also need to be human, meaning smart. Personally I would NOT live along a water way in the south where there are gators. Period. I also would not sleep in a tent with my cooler full of food next to me in the mountains. Or put my boots on before turning them upside down and shaking hard. I live in NC where there are water moccasins in the ponds. Do I go swim in the ponds or let my dogs swim in the NC ponds. Heck no.

    Comment by Shelby Friml — July 17, 2017 @ 13:43

  347. What a damn shame. These idiots should have captured it and taken it to the St Augustine Alligator Farm!

    Comment by Mike — July 17, 2017 @ 13:48

  348. Why kill it? This is crazy and so very wrong.

    Comment by Sweet Pea — July 17, 2017 @ 14:01

  349. Sooooooo why did they kill it?

    Comment by Debbie — July 17, 2017 @ 14:04

  350. Humans kill anything that threatens their existence. The don’t try to relocate or try to protect its habitat. We intrude upon their homes, kill off their natural food sources, then we wonder why they attack humans, human children, human pets. Humans have killed off all the wolves, now they are trying to reintroduce them back into wild where they belong. If you are going to live in the wild expect wild animals, if you live in the swamp expect gators. Humans just keep breeding and breeding without concern for this earth or the animals who also reside on it. Humans do not know how to co-exist with anything, sometimes not even other humans. Humans need to learn to live within their means, not continue to take land away from the animals. Humans are greedy, cruel and think they are entitled to kill anything that gets in their way. Humans needs to be controlled not the animals.

    Comment by Gayle Davis — July 17, 2017 @ 14:07

  351. Just looked on Google. This is FAKE NEWS

    Comment by Sweet Pea — July 17, 2017 @ 14:09

  352. This is fake. The alligator was real but the info in this article was completely fake. Here’s the link from the U.S Department of Fish and Wildlife Services article with the same pictures.

    Comment by Megan — July 17, 2017 @ 14:16

    • I couldn’t find this alligator on the link you posted but just read another comment that this alligator was killed in Alabama 2014.

      Comment by Vanessa gosnell — July 17, 2017 @ 21:47

      • If this is a gator killed in 2014, how is it in this post from 2010?

        Comment by nikitazkya — July 17, 2017 @ 23:38

    • That article was written in 2004 before they caught the gator.

      Comment by Stephanie Nault — July 19, 2017 @ 08:55

    • Incorrect…I just pulled up your link and it’s not the same alligator! That one says it was taken in 2004 and was also taken about 40 miles South of Savannah, Georgia? This Gator was caught in Winter Haven, Fl which is a 4-5 hour drive from the Georgia Border let alone Savannah, Ga?

      Comment by Ed — July 19, 2017 @ 18:52

      • And just for clarification purposes, that Gator should have been caught and aided not killed. Do any of you have any idea how old an alligator would have to be for him to reach 28′ long? Since they grow One foot the first five years and a foot every two years thereafter with good food supply that would indicate this guy has been around about 50-65yrs? Why not let him live but I live near Winter Haven and have not seen nor heard of this story?

        Comment by Ed — July 19, 2017 @ 18:58

  353. If alligators can kill animals for their own benefit why is it not ok for man to kill alligators for his benefit? Man is part of nature. Maybe Nature has sent man to de-select alligators from the fauna list here on planet Earth, ever think of that?

    Comment by Cuzilla — July 17, 2017 @ 14:50

    • In no way is man part of nature what so ever… Besides this article is just like everything else on the internet completely fabricated from a original story that is logical

      Comment by Annuit — July 18, 2017 @ 01:06

    • That’s stupid, **edited. No personal attacks allowed.** Your comment would be relevant if human beings were not armed to the hilt. Humans are part of nature that much is true, but your analogy only makes sense if we were still killing with sticks and stones.

      Comment by L eagle — July 18, 2017 @ 10:06

      • lolol sticks and stones? im pretty sure technology is allowed in nature, ever see a monkey use a rock to crack open a coconut? yeah, just because we made it farther doesn’t mean we’re not a part of nature. I’m will CUZILLA. Survival of the fittest. You think that alligator is gonna say, “Oh, Hi Mr. Human, you’re not a part of nature, so i wont eat you.” HA!

        Comment by WithCuzilla — July 18, 2017 @ 15:49

    • That sounds like Hitler talk, to me.

      Comment by Eddie — July 18, 2017 @ 16:38

    • We are overpopulated with alligator’s (Florida) and it’s cheaper to buy 1 bullet than it is to transport this beast… Plus, whose gonna take him? Most places don’t want an animal that large for liability reasons… As long as the meat and hid wasn’t wasted then I say “choot em John Boy!”

      Comment by Krystle Eastabrooks — July 18, 2017 @ 19:28

      • Many refuges and sanctuaries would take him and pay expenses to do so

        Comment by Bob — July 19, 2017 @ 22:52

    • Yur a damn idiot if you think that’s true in any way

      Comment by Josh watt — July 19, 2017 @ 10:27

  354. The lake is his natural habitat! Why did they have to kill him?? He could have been relocated…

    Comment by Ramona Tucker — July 17, 2017 @ 15:02

    • tHAT’Swhy I’ll never move to Florida. Kill all them. they are dangerous. Bottom line.

      Comment by Frank DiConzo — July 17, 2017 @ 22:16

  355. Ok… Why were they “Forced” to Shoot it!!?? I’m no tree huger… I hunt and I fish!! But just because he’s “Large” you shoot it?? If that’s the case…. half the people I know that go to a buffet need shooting!! Just Saying!

    Comment by Keith — July 17, 2017 @ 15:10

    • Ever watch Lake Placid? If the gator is to big to be caught in nets they just put it down.

      Comment by wnadler — July 17, 2017 @ 20:37

    • Because the Gator was in the families back yard…

      Comment by Stephanie Nault — July 19, 2017 @ 08:57

    • And if eats a child or a domesticated animal Or at…..then what!

      Comment by Sam Prophet — July 19, 2017 @ 16:43

    • lol

      Comment by christina — July 20, 2017 @ 13:33

  356. I’m of the opinion that the gator should have been left alone. Do you realize how long it took that Gator to get that big ?!!! It’s an amazing dinosaur and I don’t think killing them because they grew to their full potential is he answer. That thing is badass and beautiful

    Comment by James Sanetti — July 17, 2017 @ 15:15

    • They could have tried to get him moved in with Chuckie, the monster gator who has lived at the Zoo in Gulf Shores, Al. now for many years…. Chuckie is close to 2000 lbs.

      Comment by drewK — July 18, 2017 @ 01:54

  357. So so sad. Why couldn’t he live.?

    Comment by Bonnie — July 17, 2017 @ 15:52

  358. Why were they “forced” to kill it? What did it do, attack a human or was its existence alone a threat?

    Comment by James — July 17, 2017 @ 16:03

    • Good lord it was dangerous!! Bet you would be thinking differently if it was in your back yard where your children play. Sometimes it’s necessary to put an animal down. Would you really risk your life or the lives of others just because you are too sensitive to see an animal die??

      Comment by Amy — July 17, 2017 @ 16:49

      • First it has to take my in-laws and my third born. Maybe the second born also. Hugs

        Comment by Scottie — July 17, 2017 @ 19:23

      • If people are so scared of nature, and gods creatures, then why do they build their new houses right on a lake known to harbor wildlife?! Oh….. that’s right…. because they are “humans”….. if they find something/someone offensive, they just kill it/them!! Damn snowflakes!!!!

        Comment by Gunnar — July 18, 2017 @ 05:14

  359. It is sad this Gator was killed. Great history he has. Did Alligator Farm get the chance to say “no”?? Everyone is killing everything! Its just sad to see so much killing when it was his lake in the 1st place 😦

    Comment by Susan — July 17, 2017 @ 16:32

  360. So we killed t because it lived long enough to grow this big?

    Comment by Summer — July 17, 2017 @ 16:33

  361. Why did you have to shoot it, just because it’s big?

    Comment by Rod — July 17, 2017 @ 16:55

  362. It’s all Betty Whites’ fault! 😉

    Comment by Cindy — July 17, 2017 @ 16:59

    • Whoa, hold on a minute. Slimey politicians and the Kardashians are fair game, but Betty White’s off limits!

      Comment by Mark — July 18, 2017 @ 08:59

  363. 1. What lake?
    2. Why is it not on the news lime the one that was nationally recognized for walking across a path here in FL?
    3. Why doesn’t the Florida Fish and Wildlife have it posted?
    4. Can you verify the size?
    5. Are you sure it isn’t the angle that makes it appear so large?
    6. How big was the deer exactly? (Key deer arent very big for wxample)
    7. When was this supposedly taken?

    Comment by Lynne — July 17, 2017 @ 17:04

    • See the first comment

      Comment by Rob — July 17, 2017 @ 19:38

  364. This is very sad and judging by the picture he is the same one that was spotted out on the circle bar preserve that was on the news a couple times

    Comment by Deborah Davis — July 17, 2017 @ 18:31

  365. sad to see any creature killed like this.

    Comment by macwoof — July 17, 2017 @ 19:37

  366. wowsers.. lots of boots, belts, hand bags and wallets hanging there ..

    Comment by a.j. reber jr — July 17, 2017 @ 19:51

  367. Thank God. See how important these jobs are??

    Comment by Cindy — July 17, 2017 @ 20:10

  368. Why did you have to kill it?

    Comment by David — July 17, 2017 @ 20:41

    • Me ??? oh I guess it had bad breath. Hugs

      Comment by Scottie — July 17, 2017 @ 21:26

  369. I have a question why did they say they were forced to kill it? Did it go to a public place and attack someone or attack a boat or prey in people’s yards? Or did they just decide to kill it because they feared its size?

    Comment by Brandy — July 17, 2017 @ 21:15

  370. In the photo of the gator hanging from backhoe, note shadow of truck tailgate, the backhoe and the officer. Where is the shadow of the gators tail? Shouldn’t its tail overshadow the officers shadow? Just sayin!!

    Comment by Jim T. — July 17, 2017 @ 22:14

  371. I ageee so sad its just majestic and they murder it

    Comment by Lang — July 17, 2017 @ 22:21

  372. Why was it killed? Why not move it?

    Comment by Grace — July 17, 2017 @ 23:16

    • It was set in its ways. It wanted a level three care facility but could only afford a mobile home park. So that and bad breath, it had to go. Hugs

      Comment by Scottie — July 17, 2017 @ 23:20

      • Bahaha u r hilarious

        Comment by Devika — July 20, 2017 @ 14:11

  373. So why where they forced to shoot it? That is sad…. Why are humans so inhumane. #gatorlives matter

    Comment by Smilot — July 17, 2017 @ 23:39

  374. I know they are dangerous but this was a magnificent survivor who did not attack a human. The simple size and majesty should have earned relocation. How sad !

    Comment by Mary Dempsey — July 18, 2017 @ 00:12

  375. Faaaaaakkkeee

    Comment by Jose — July 18, 2017 @ 00:15

  376. It has no right to live? Don’t get me wrong because I am scared to death of them but should the be slaughtered? That is exactly why animals are disappearing at an alarming rate on our planet. Me, I would never consider a move to where these reptiles live.

    Comment by Kate — July 18, 2017 @ 01:15

  377. Another reason I hate America
    What was its crime ??
    Growing too large ??
    Humans living on top of its habitat ??
    Absolutely disgusting ….. hope that nature hurrys to balance this planet once more
    I’ve had enough I want us gone
    Revolts me to think I am of the same species as these murdering bastards 😡😡😡😡😡😡

    Comment by David duncan — July 18, 2017 @ 02:38

  378. Why in the world would they shoot and kill that big gator?!?!? They should have captured it and put it in a zoo! That has to be a record gator or damn near close if not!! They warden who shot it better get it mounted and placed in his/her game room! The meat donated to shelters or families in need and the skin made into several pairs of cowboy boots!!

    Comment by Collin Hamilton — July 18, 2017 @ 03:48

  379. It had no Insurance , and was to big to run for any government office ! Society can’t afford to insure anyone or anything that eats that much Red Meat ! It was a Real Canidate for Heart Problems. The Wardens just Saved Some over Priced Surgion From Pronouncing It DEAD , Due to low to No Insurance Plan. Problem Solved

    Comment by Tommy — July 18, 2017 @ 09:18

  380. Everything about this is fake, except the game warden. That is Joe Goff. He is a Texas game warden. This gator was taken at the bar x subdivision, near west columbia, tx. Gator was feeding on neighborhood pets. As I recall, it was in the 15′ realm. Perhaps Joe could comment on this, and put this “fake news” to rest.

    Comment by Steve Alexander — July 18, 2017 @ 10:45

  381. Does anyone know about how old the alligator was?

    Comment by Tabitha — July 18, 2017 @ 11:18

  382. Why kill the gator he didn’t harm anybody the deer would of kept him stuffed for a while

    Comment by Orlando Burgos — July 18, 2017 @ 11:19

  383. These comments are hilarious!

    Comment by LBB — July 18, 2017 @ 12:19

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  385. Why do these creatures have to always be killed? Can’t they be contained in a zoo or a place for them? Why must they be shot? It’s amazing to see them reach such a huge size and then to just be killed?!

    Comment by Lux — July 18, 2017 @ 13:10

  386. I think it’s sad that they had to shoot the alligator because it was behind somebody’s house. Maybe they should have tranquilized animal and transferred into another location. Or maybe even to a alligator farm or Zoo so people could see how large alligators really can get waste of a good ancestor to the dinosaur just my opinion.

    Comment by troy j adam — July 18, 2017 @ 13:47

  387. And to think I used to swim in those lakes when I lived in Winter Haven . And YES there were attacks on humans . Saw a gator myself while I was swimming. Got outa that water in a flash!!!

    Comment by Shari — July 18, 2017 @ 13:50

  388. Everyone seems to forget that we are living in their home. If you don’t want to live with alligators…move. What a senseless waste of a beautiful creatures life.

    Comment by giniastiefel — July 18, 2017 @ 14:21

  389. Soooo why did they have to kill it ?
    Could it not be relocated ?

    Comment by Mary — July 18, 2017 @ 17:01

  390. Why did y’all kill the alligator?? He was in his home minding his own business

    Comment by Evan — July 18, 2017 @ 18:58

  391. I believe that gator was also found to be living in Lake Conroe Texas several years ago….I would say he is a very well traveled alligator.

    Comment by Dawn — July 18, 2017 @ 22:34

  392. There was absolutely no need to kill that beautiful Beast! How old that creature must have been! You should all be ashamed of yourselves! You could have relocated it or put it in the zoo on exhibit. He was forced to shoot it my ass. Such a shame

    Comment by Jonnilynn Peterson — July 18, 2017 @ 23:37

  393. Why do we kill everything amazing

    Comment by Rita — July 18, 2017 @ 23:54

    • Because it is so not cool to live and let live? Hugs

      Comment by Scottie — July 20, 2017 @ 14:20

  394. I doubt if the gator was minding his own business. They killed it because it became a nuisance gator. When people start feeding it, they have to get rid of it. It got large because it stayed hidden, but once people start feeding the cute little gator, you can say good bye because it will be a dead gator.

    Comment by robin — July 19, 2017 @ 08:01

  395. Fucking jackoffs, that gator didn’t have to be shot.

    Comment by Brian O'Connell — July 19, 2017 @ 08:27

  396. The article is fake when I was living in Tennessee in around 2010 or so this is the animal that was killed in a lake in Northern Georgia the article is bullshit the animal is real

    Comment by Jeff — July 19, 2017 @ 13:24

  397. Why did they have to kill it?

    Comment by Thomas Holzinger — July 19, 2017 @ 14:19

  398. Why was it killed?

    Comment by Jae — July 19, 2017 @ 18:59

  399. The story is true about the deer, but the gater was 12 – 13 ft.

    Comment by Marsha Smith — July 19, 2017 @ 19:01

    J Z A 3

    Comment by JOSEPH Z ANDERS 3 — July 19, 2017 @ 19:58

  401. The caption is from September 15, 2010…. is it real?

    Comment by Dana — July 20, 2017 @ 09:07


    Comment by Charles — July 20, 2017 @ 11:14

  403. This is not true… I live on this lake.. .this never happened. I think I would of noticed all this commotion in my back yard. Please do not report something if it has no real truth. Get the facts straight.

    Comment by Gina — July 20, 2017 @ 14:46

    • Ah, No value or no truth? They are two different things. I find I am amazed at the conflicting statements on this post. Some claim it is fake, some swear it is the truth. Many have claimed it happened to them, some even said it was a relative at a different lake. It is fascinating. Hugs

      Comment by Scottie — July 20, 2017 @ 15:19

  404. if it hasnt killed or hurt any one why did FWC kill it why didnt they trap it & let it live out its life in a reserve could you imange how many people would pay to see a gator that size, still you didnt have to kill it thats all im sayen

    Comment by john solis — July 20, 2017 @ 19:07

  405. I would have to see documented proof to believe it was 25 ft.

    Comment by Terry — July 20, 2017 @ 20:13

  406. Congrats you killed a gator for finding food to fill its belly. Oh my god it’s so big we must kill it! Thank god! you all obviously have small penis’s or we’d have to take you out to. Can you say “over compensating”. Idiots!

    Comment by Desiree — July 20, 2017 @ 20:37

  407. Possibly 100 years on this earth and life taken by a someone’s judgement seems like something that has made that long has pretty good judgment who are we to staend in its way dangerous or not

    Comment by Dan — July 20, 2017 @ 20:40

  408. I mean really seriously where the hell are these animals supposed to go when human population can’t go and get a grip on their genitalia not to reproduce as much as we do where are they supposed to go for god’s sake people have some compassion already people huh? When God gave us dominion over animals it didn’t mean abuse and obliteration of them everything on this earth. God created all & all have a purpose here, even down to the smallest mite– everything has its part in nature and the more we take away from it the more it will suffer and good for us right humans? We are the ones along with your loved children that will pay the consequences in the future. We seem to have forgotten what & who we about. Just because we perceive ourselves as the highest creature above all the food chain does not mean that we know what is best

    Comment by Helen Molnar — July 21, 2017 @ 15:50

  409. Troy Landry could be heard all the way from Louisana shouting ” Choot Lizabeth ! Choot !! “.

    Comment by Steve Davis — July 21, 2017 @ 19:42

  410. Check out lake conroe texas gater and tell me where the hell you guys get your info ?

    Comment by David — July 24, 2017 @ 06:07

  411. Why did you have to kill it??? Why didn’t you capture it and relocate it? He had history and deserved to live out his life!

    Comment by Jackie Dyer — July 24, 2017 @ 18:20

    • I personally asked him to move in as the fourth roommate, but his hygiene was horrible and always tried to pay his share of the rent in dead animals. 🙂 Hugs

      Comment by Scottie — July 25, 2017 @ 11:52

  412. I don’t know what to say. The gator has a right to live too but that size is frightening and unsafe to have in your back yard. Wish he could have been relocated to the everglades not killed. Image how long he lived to grow that big and never ate a human, just deer. Hmmm. But then again it only takes one time and one of is humans are eaten so guess better safe than sorry.

    Comment by Lis — July 24, 2017 @ 22:28

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