Thursday, 24 July 2008
These pictures were taken by a KTBS helicopter
flying over Lake Wiess about 90 miles north of Birmingham, Alabama
The helicopter pilot and the game warden were in communication;
here is a transcript of their conversation.
'Air1 have you a visual on the gator, over'
'Approaching inlet now, over'
'Gator sighted.... Looks like it has a small animal in its mouth.. moving in, over' 'Roger Air1'
'Holy Crap it's a Deer!'
'confirm Air1.. did you say Deer?, Over'
'Roger.. a Deer in its mouth.. looks like a full sized buck.. that's a big gator, we're gonna need more men, Over'
'Roger Air1..can you give me a idea on size of animal, over'
'Its big 25 feet at least, please advise Gator is heading to inlet.. do I pursue?, over'
The deer was later found to be a mature Stag and was measured at 11 feet.
This alligator was found between Centre and Leesburg, Alabama
Game wardens were forced to shoot the gator, who was uncooperative.
Anita and Charlie Rogers could hear the bellowing in the night. Their neighbours 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,' Charlie Rogers said, but they realized the stories were, if anything, understated.
Alabama Parks and Wildlife game wardens had to shoot the beast. Game warden Joe Goff, 6 foot 5 tall, walks past the 28 foot 1 inch alligator he shot and killed in their back yard.
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