Record state gator harvest includes some whoppers

By NEMS Daily Journal

JACKSON – The 2010 Mississippi Alligator Hunting Season on public waters concluded with a record harvest, according to the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries and Parks.
There were 224 alligators harvested – 132 in the Pearl River Zone and 92 in the Pascagoula River Zone – with a hunter success rate of 76 percent.
Sixty-three alligators of the harvested were more than seven feet long and 17 alligators were longer than 10 feet.
The longest alligator harvested was 12 feet, 7 inches and weighed 433 pounds. The heaviest was 462 pounds and was 12 feet, 2 inches long.
Hunters are allowed to harvest two alligators over four feet long, however only one may exceed seven feet.
There were 260 permits available for alligator hunting on public waters in the two zones and 2,086 applications were submitted. Permits were issued by a computer-based, preference points drawing system.