Female alligator exceeding 10 feet a new Mississippi record

August 29, 2022 GMT

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Mississippi hunters have set a new state record after killing a female alligator that measures more than 10 feet long, state wildlife officials said Monday.

A pair of hunters killed the gator Sunday on the Pearl River near the Ross Barnett Reservoir northeast of Jackson, the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks said in a news release. It measured 10 feet, 2 inches long (3.1 meters) from head to tail, making it the longest female alligator harvested on record in the state.

The catch would have tied a 1984 world record, but that record fell last year after a female alligator taken in Florida measured 10 feet, 6.75 inches (3.2 meters), said Ricky Flynt, the department’s alligator program coordinator.

Flynt said it’s possible the Mississippi alligator was 75 to 100 years old.

The hunting season for alligators in public waters opened Friday and ends Sept. 5.