Giant gator killed in Arkansas—it almost sounds like a bad headline after an SEC rivalry game.
Instead, the attention is focused not on football but on Mike Cottingham, who killed the new Arkansas state record gator, weighing in at 1,380 pounds and stretching out to 13-feet, 3-inches long. Cottingham bagged the massive reptile at Lake Millwood, in Hempstead County, but couldn’t initially get the beast into his boat. According to Fox News 16, he drug the gator behind his boat to a dock, where he had four other people hoist it out of the water onto shore.
“It was the largest [gator] without a doubt in terms of weight,” David Goad, chief of the wildlife management division with the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission, told the New York Daily News. “It’s almost unimaginable how he was able to [retrieve the gator from the water].”
Asked what he would do with the gator, Cottingham said he plans to make a pair or two of boots from it and mount the head.
- Maryellen Mara-Christian killed a 1,025 pound gator in South Carolina in 2010. The gator was 13-feet, 5 inches long, which may be a record but game officials in South Carolina do not keep records of killed gators.