VIDEO: More Details On Cattle-Eating 15-Foot Gator Killed in Okeechobee

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Beast Measured 15 Feet, More Than 800 Pounds

ABOVE VIDEO: The behemoth was nearly 15 feet long and tipped the scales at more than 800 pounds. (FOX NEWS Video)

OKEECHOBEE, FLORIDA – Two hunters at a farm in South Florida say the gator they shot and killed last weekend is the largest one they’ve ever captured, Fox 13 News reported.

The behemoth was nearly 15 feet long and tipped the scales at more than 800 pounds.

Lee Lightsey, owner of Outwest Farms in Okeechobee, and hunting guide Blake Godwin discovered the monster in one their cattle ponds April 2, Fox 13 reported. They believe the gator had been chowing down on the farm’s cattle.

“We also discovered the remains what we determined to be cattle in the water,” Godwin said.

“We determined that he was in fact attacking our livestock as they came to drink.”

Godwin and Lightsey spotted the gator Saturday as it surfaced about 20 feet in front of them and Lightsey shot it, Godwin told Fox 13.

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Although mammoth in size, it’s not the heaviest gator ever harvested in the state. That distinction belongs to a 1,043-pounder caught in Orange Lake in Alachua County, according to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission. (Lee Lightsey, Blake Godwin Image)

The gator was so big, Godwin and Lightsey had to use a large tractor to pull it from the water, Godwin said.

Although mammoth in size, it’s not the heaviest gator ever harvested in the state. That distinction belongs to a 1,043-pounder caught in Orange Lake in Alachua County back in 1989, according to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission.

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Godwin and Lightsey said they plan to donate the gator’s meat to charity and have it taxidermied for display at their hunting shows and expos.

Godwin said the photos of the gator were taken with their cell phones and weren’t photoshopped.

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Godwin said the photos of the gator were taken with their cell phones and weren’t photoshopped. (Lee Lightsey, Blake Godwin Image)


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