Published: Mon, March 04, 2019

Pound Alligator Found In Georgia

Pound Alligator Found In Georgia

GDNR wildlife biologist Brent Howze - who can be seen kneeling by the creature roughly the size of an average United Kingdom auto - was stunned by the beast and was careful to keep his distance.

A wildlife biologist with the Georgia Department of Natural Resources (DNR) discovered a 13-foot, 700-pound alligator in an irrigation ditch this week. It had a chest girth of 57 inches. "I'm the one in the picture, and you can probably tell that I didn't get too close to it".

"It took a while to get it out of that ditch". Georgia's alligator hunting season lasts from August 17 to October 8 and can be trapped by nuisance alligator trappers contracted through the state, so most alligators won't live long enough to become 700 pounds. This is not typical behavior, according to Cummings.

Howze said the gator was found in poor condition and was believed to be dying, so he had to be euthanized.

A photo showing the gator with DNR wildlife biologist Brent Howze in the background appeared on social media before it was reported to the media. "It's an unfortunate situation, but the best thing for the animal was to put it down".

They are found in a variety of wetland habitats in these cities: In marshes, swamps, rivers, farm ponds and lakes in the wild.

Ironically, the gator is believed to have gotten so big over its long life by avoiding human contact. "I'll be in the water at Lake Blackshear this summer for sure".

"You're perfectly safe", Howze said.

"These animals exist, they've been here for centuries, they've been existing with people for centuries and they're going to continue to".

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