WEB EXTRA: Alabama Family Catches 1,000-Pound Alligator

By NBC News

Published 08/18 2014 11:54AM

Updated 08/18 2014 11:59AM

NBC News / SHARON STEINMANN / AL.COM VIA AP

(NBC) -- A family of Alabama hunters is celebrating the catch of a lifetime: A 15-foot-long alligator weighing more than 1,000 pounds.

The gator is the largest ever legally killed by an Alabama hunter, and weighing it posed a challenge. The first attempt completely destroyed a winch assembly used to hoist most average gators, so they had to use a backhoe to lift the animal. It weighed in at 1,011.5 pounds.

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