New record gator, 2 days into season
JACKSON (AP) — The Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries and Parks says there’s a new state alligator record.
It reported Saturday that Robert Mahaffey of Brandon and two assistants hauled in a 756-pound ‘gator. That broke the record by 14-and-a-half pounds.
Saturday was the second day of Mississippi’s alligator season, which ends at noon on Sept. 8.
Mahaffey’s gator was 13 feet, 1.75 inches long, 67.25 inches around the belly and 45.6 inches around the base of the tail.
Both that alligator and the previous record-holder were caught in the Southwest Alligator Hunting Zone. The former record holder was caught last year by Lee Turner of Madison.