‘Tis the season, apparently, for giant Alabama reptiles. First, Alabama got a new state record gator now comes word of another large alligator, this time from Lake Eufaula.


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It is all the buzz around the Valley: a local man pulls a massive alligator from the waters of Lake Eufaula, and it was his first time gator hunting! News Leader Nine spoke with Zach Moore about his first big catch, and what the people of Eufaula think of this monster swimming in their waters. “We shot him one time and he came up on the bank and he was standing up and that’s when I realized how big he was, and it knocked my socks off because I didn’t believe he was that big,” said Moore.

Moore and his father wrangled with the 12 feet long gator for about 9 hours on the first day of Alligator Season. Moore explains they had to use a bow and arrow to connect a wire to the beast before shooting it with a gun. He says that was the easy part. Then, they had to get the animal in the boat. “I tied him and strapped him up. I had to get in the water with him. And, I pulled a couple back muscles. It’s a lot harder than I thought it would be,” said Moore.