Ecology

Massive Alligator Caught in Miss.

Heaviest on record

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Mississippi hunters set a state record Sunday, catching an alligator that stretched over 13 feet and weighed 727 pounds.

Dustin Bockman, Ryan Bockman and Cole Landers captured the animal in the Mississippi River in Claiborne County. While the catch is reportedly two inches shorter than Mississippi's length record, it's officially the heaviest, according to Mississippi's alligator program coordinator, Ricky Flynt.

The state's alligator hunting season, sponsored by the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries and Parks, ends on Sept. 9.

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