- Associated Press - Wednesday, June 3, 2015

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) - A 10-foot-alligator was euthanized in Tuscaloosa County after two motorists struck the animal, which wildlife experts say is the biggest they’ve seen in the area in two decades.

Multiple news sources report the alligator was hit Monday night. Alabama Department of Conservation Officer Craig Latham says he received a call someone stuck the alligator near the Tuscaloosa bypass toll bridge.

Latham says the gator was 10 feet, 5 inches long and still breathing when he arrived. The gator’s head and tail had been run over by two different vehicles and the animal had to be put down. The alligator was taken to Auburn University Tuesday for biologists to examine.

Lathan says alligators are more mobile during mating season, which may be why this one was in the roadway.

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