Grandma kills huge alligator after it 'ate her miniature horse'

Grandma kills huge alligator after it 'ate her miniature horse'

A Texas great-grandmother thinks she's finally gotten revenge on the massive alligator that ate her miniature horse a few years ago.

On Monday, she fired one shot to kill what she says was the likely perpetrator: a 3.6-metre, 260-kilogram alligator in a murky pond on her property.

Cochran told the paper she met all the requirements for hunting the alligator and that the reptile is in season, but an animal right's group compared the shooting of the gator to shooting fish in a barrel.

Being in a meeting at the time, she had to wait a bit before she could grab her Winchester.22 Magnum.

But Cochran, who her grandkids call "Nana", is already anticipating the alligator meat and boots that her quarry will yield.

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Nine years ago, her grandson Simon Hughes bagged a 12-foot-six-inch 800 pound male gator at the age of five, making national news. "Typically, they'll do a death roll and roll over and over and over, but this one didn't", Cochran said.

"One shot in the head and he went under", Cochran said of her kill.

In Polk County, hunting season for alligators runs only 20 days a year, beginning on September 10.

"It's a part of wildlife management.it's not just willy-nilly we decide to go down and kill a gator for heck of it", she said. The gator must be baited and caught before it's killed, the station reported.

The reptile is now in the hands of a taxidermist who will stuff and mount the head and tail for Cochran's office.

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