- Associated Press - Friday, September 4, 2015

DOTHAN, Ala. (AP) - A state wildlife biologist says the 920-pound alligator recently killed in Lake Eufaula was the largest ever killed on the lake and the second largest in the state.

Richard Tharp, a wildlife biologist with the state Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, said after conducting some research he found the alligator killed last month by a hunting group from the Birmingham area was the heaviest on record for Lake Eufaula.

“That’s going to be the heaviest alligator from the Eufaula hunt at 920 pounds,” Tharp said.

Jeff Gregg made the kill with his 15-year-old son Justin Gregg and longtime friend Scott Evans on the opening day of alligator hunting season on Lake Eufaula on Aug. 14.

Gregg said they had the alligator weighed and measured in Eufaula. It came to 920 pounds and 13 feet, 6 inches long.



Tharp said his research showed the alligator to be the second-largest killed, on record, in Alabama. He said the largest came with a weight of 1,011 pounds and a length of 15 feet. It was killed on the Alabama River last year.

“Best I can tell, it’s the second heaviest we have on record,” he said.

The biologist said, along with the alligator being unusually large, it was likely quite old, too. He believed, based on the size and weight, that the alligator was between 40 and 50 years old.

“Not a lot of them live that long,” Tharp said. “A very low percentage of them make it to that age and size.”

Gregg, who owns and runs a jewelry store in Birmingham, planned a full-body mount of the alligator. He also planned to turn the claws and teeth into jewelry and use the meat, too.

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Information from: The Dothan Eagle, https://www.dothaneagle.com

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