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Claim: Photos show an alligator swimming across a lake with a deer clutched in its jaws.
Example: [Collected on the Internet, 2004]
Origins: I really didn't care for venison the few times I tried it, but the gator in this picture appears to like it just fine.
These photographs of an alligator swimming across a lake with a deer clutched in its jaws circulated on the Internet in
Although the caption indicates that the alligator is in Lake Martin, officials at the Alabama Forestry Commission said that's not true.In August 2004, the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service (USFWS) finally cleared up the issue by issuing a
"It's a legitimate photo, but it wasn't taken on Lake Martin," said Regina Miller, assistant to the state forestry commissioner. "It was taken in South Carolina, and I suppose someone thought it would be more interesting here if it was on Lake Martin, Alabama."
Jim Spradley, the pilot for the Tallapoosa County office of the state's forestry commission, said he too received the e-mail, but he was never fooled by the photo.
"I've got that e-mail myself, and as far as I know, I'm the only one who flies Lake Martin," he said. "I didn't take it."
The sight of a 12 to 14 foot-long alligator is something south Georgia folks see occasionally, but few have seen one take an adult deer out to lunch. Actually — for lunch.This version (which dates to August 2008) combines the 2004 alligator swimming with a deer in its mouth photos that were taken in Georgia with the 2005 photo of a large alligator that was killed in Texas, then places the whole thing in Alabama:
The photographs of this deer-eating alligator were taken from the air by Terri Jenkins, a U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service District Fire Management Officer. She was preparing to ignite a prescribed fire at Harris Neck National Wildlife Refuge, about
"One advantage of fire work is you get to see that
This one was at least 12-13 feet long. Jenkins said that some bull alligators have a
This picture was taken by a KTBS helicopter flying over Lake Wiess aboutLast updated: 9 July 2009
The helicopter pilot and the game warden were in communication via radio's here is a transcript of their conversation
'Air: 1 have you a visual on the gator, over'
'Approaching inlet now, over'
'Gator sighted. Looks like it has a small animal in its mouth.. moving in, over'
'Holy Crap it's a Deer!'
'confirm Air1.. did you say Deer?, Over'
'Roger.. a Deer in its mouth.. looks like a full sized buck.. that's a big gator, were gonna need more men, Over'
'Roger Air1..can you give me a idea on size of animal, over'
'Its big 25 feet at least, please advise Gator is heading to inlet.. do I pursue?, over'
That has to be a HUGE gator to have a whole deer in its mouth!
The deer was later found to be a mature Stag and was measured at 11feet! Are you ready to go skiing on Lake Wiess?! If you ski at the west end of the lake — try not to fall.
This alligator was found between Centre and Leesburg, Alabama near a house! Game wardens were forced to shoot the alligator- guess he wouldn't cooperate...
Anita and Charlie Rogers could hear the bellowing in the night. Their neighbors had been telling them that they had seen a mammoth alligator in the waterway that runs behind their house, but they dismissed the stories as exaggerations.
'I didn't believe it,' Charles Rogers said, but they realized the stories were, if anything, understated.
Alabama Parks and Wildlife game wardens had to shoot the beast. Joe Goff, 6'5' tall, a game warden, walks past the
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