Record-setting gator

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POSTED: Thursday, September 4, 2014 - 10:00pm

UPDATED: Thursday, September 4, 2014 - 10:15pm

Mississippi alligator hunters bag new state record on opening weekend of the 2014 season. C.J. LeMaster reports.

(WLBT) Labor Day weekend has a special significance for alligator hunters in Mississippi. A few days into the start of this year's hunting season, a record-setting 756-pound gator was caught by Robert Mahaffey of Brandon in the first weekend of the season.

"That's the largest one we've weighed so far that's taken by a hunter," said state alligator coordinator Ricky Flynt of the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries and Parks. "We know there are larger individual alligators out there. Wouldn't be surprised to see 14 foot plus, or even a thousand pounds. We know that's capable of happening."

This is the second year wildlife officials have allowed the gator hunting statewide, and Flynt said it's still in high demand.

"I think a lot of that can be thanked to cable television and various shows that are out there have become very popular," said Flynt. "You know, back in the late 70s and 80s, it was 'Jaws' and sharks. Sharks were the craze. I guess nowadays it seems like alligators are the craze."

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