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Florida Hunters Shoot, Kill Nearly 15-Foot Alligator

| by Karin Sun
Lee Lightsey's son posing with alligator hanging from tractorLee Lightsey's son posing with alligator hanging from tractor

A Florida farmer has shot and killed a giant 15-foot alligator that was reportedly responsible for eating his cattle.

Lee Lightsey, the owner of Outwest Farms in Okochobee, Florida, discovered the animal in one of the cattle ponds on his farm during a guided hunt on April 2, Fox 13 reported.

Lightsey's hunting guide, Blake Godwin, said they believed the monstrous creature, which weighed nearly 800 pounds and was almost 15 feet long, had been feasting on the farm's cattle.

"We discovered the remains of what we determined to be cattle in the water," Godwin told Fox 13. "We determined that he was in fact attacking our livestock as they came to drink."

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According to Godwin, Lightsey shot the alligator after it surfaced about 20 feet away from the two men.

The animal was so big, it had to be dragged out of the pond with a farm tractor.

Once Lightsey and Godwin had managed to get the alligator out of the pond, they took a picture of the creature dangling from the tractor with their cell phones and uploaded it to the Outwest Farms, Inc. Facebook page.

Lightsey's young son is seen in the photo reaching up towards the giant reptile as it hangs from the tractor above him.

The April 2 post has since gone viral, garnering over 4,600 likes and 5,500 shares in just four days.

Facebook users writing in the comments section marveled at the size of the alligator. 

"Wow," one poster wrote. "I would've had a damn heart attack."

Lightsey and Godwin said they plan to donate the alligator's meat to charity and have the body taxidermied to display at their hunting shows and expos, according to Fox 13.

Godwin said his company has been guiding hunts for alligators, wild boar and turkeys in Florida for 18 years. The largest alligator he has helped catch in the past was just over 14 feet long, slightly smaller than the latest catch.

"It is hard to believe that something this big exists in the wild," Godwin told Fox 13.

"Hunting is a way of life for us and we are very proud of it!" he added.

Sources: Fox 13, Outwest Farms, Inc./Facebook / Photo Credit: Outwest Farms, Inc./Facebook via Fox 13

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