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Largest Gator Record Broken

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Another record has been set for the largest alligator in the state.

For the third time this year, the record for the largest Mississippi alligator has been broken.

The latest record set just a little over a week from the previous record.

"This alligator was 13 feet, six and a half inches which ties the length record for an alligator was taken back in 2008 from the Pascagoula record. This alligator was heavier. It actually weighed 741.5 pounds which broke the previous record from last weekend of 727 pounds." says alligator program coordinator, Ricky Flynt with the Mississippi Dept. of Wildlife, Fisheries & Parks.

The Gatorslayers have been hunting alligators since 2006.

"We headed down to the Mississippi river to catch a big one. Didn't know it would be a record, but we headed out to get a big one." says team member Jennifer Ratcliff

This time around, there was a challenge for the Gatorslayers.

"This one was kind of aggressive and he was biting the boat. He was a little more aggressive than we've seen, and it's not really like swamp people where we just throw them in the boat. It took six of us to get this alligator in the boat." adds Ratclif

The record breaking gator has already been taken off their hands.

"We took him to Monticello and he's going to get the skull mounted and sell the hide."

The season is over, but that doesn't mean the Gatorslayers will keep their top spot.

"It's quite possible that we may certify another alligator within the next day or so that potentially could break this record." says Flynt

Arrangements have already been made to meet with two potentials.

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