Texas mayor shoots nuisance gator believed to be responsible for killing mini horse

Gator killed was listed as 12-feet, 580 pounds

Photo Courtesy: KPRC
Photo Courtesy: KPRC

LIVINGSTON, Texas – "It's big."

The last time Livingston Mayor Judy Cochran was within range of the monster alligator, she was firing at it on her ranch.

"One shot and he went under," she said.

Gators are no strangers to her ranch. They live in ponds there, but the 12-foot, 580-pound gator was a prime suspect in a mystery.

"About three years ago, we came up missing a miniature horse. We highly suspect a gator got it," Cochran said.

Concerned about the safety of their other pets and animals, Cochran and her family wanted to track the big boy down. But in Polk County, there are rules.

"You can only hunt and kill a gator between Sept. 10 and Sept. 30, and you have to have a permit and a tag," Cochran said.

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