August 22, 2011
New Alabama State Record Alligator
By Chad Love
Here's one from the "Sometimes Even We Screw Up" files...
Some of you may recall the original Field Notes blog post occupying this space that detailed a new state record Alabama alligator and a link to a story and photo. As it turns out, the link and story were 100 percent, absolutely correct...if we were still living in 2009. Apparently the news site to which we linked somehow got their story from the old record, which you can read about here, switched with the story about the new record, which you can read about here.
So, with egg dripping from face, we apologize for the confusion. And without further ado, here's a little more info on the new(er) Alabama record gator...
From this story on al.com:
Keith Fancher went on his first alligator hunt Friday night. He came away with an 838-pounder -- the largest ever caught in one of Alabama's sanctioned gator hunts. Fancher, of Shelby County, and six family members and friends on a pontoon boat caught the 14-foot, 2-inch long beast on the Alabama River in Dallas County, near Camden.
"That is the most excitement I think I've ever had in my entire life. . . . It was a blast," Fancher said. "To be able to share that experience with my family just added to it," he said. J.C. Peeples, 40, lead animal control officer for Shelby County and Fancher's cousin, snagged the gator on the back of the head with the first pair of hooks from casting a fishing line about 9:30 p.m. Friday after spotting the gator in the river. Then the struggle began, Peeples said. "He took us through trees and brush along the bank line," Peeples said. "It's definitely an adrenaline rush." More than an hour later the seven-member crew was able to get the gator secured and finished off, Peeples said. "Without all seven of us, we would have never gotten this gator. . . . No one by themselves could."