Biggest Gator On Record In Florida Trapped, Killed

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (November 9, 2010)--Robert Ammerman, who trapped and killed an alligator so big it pulled his boat around a lake, snared what authorities say is Florida's longest gator on record, exceeding 14 feet.

Wildlife officials say the gator Robert Ammerman caught weighed 654 pounds and measured 14 feet, 3 1/2 inches.

He caught it on caught Nov. 1, the last day of Florida's alligator harvest, near Melbourne.

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission says the previous record was a 14-foot, 5/8-inch alligator trapped in 1997.

The state's heaviest gator on record was taken in 1989, weighing
1,043 pounds.

Ammerman, a nurse who traps alligators as a hobby, said the gator thrashed and pulled his boat for about 45 minutes he harpooned it.

He said it took two hours to tow the gator dock.


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