startribune.com CAMDEN, Ala. — A family battled a 1,000-pound alligator for more than five hours, putting several large hooks into the beast before firing a fatal shotgun blast into the gator's head. The result? The catch of a lifetime and a state record in Alabama. The 15-foot gator was hooked in a creek about 80 miles west of Montgomery early Saturday, Al.com reported (http://bit.ly/1p5ycbg ). The first attempt to weigh the gator destroyed a winch state biologists typically use, so they had a backhoe lift it. It weighed 1,011.5 pounds. to read more: startribune.com
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