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
- A photographer flying over Cross Lake (or Lake Conroe) in a news helicopter belonging to TV station KTBS of Shreveport, Louisiana.
- An "Alabama Forest Service guy on daily fire patrol" at Lake Martin, Alabama.
- An employee of the Texas Forestry Commission took the photograph while flying in a helicopter with the South Carolina Forestry Commission.
- A worker at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida.
"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 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
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
McAlister, Laura. "Tale of Gator in Lake Is Just That." The Alexander City Outlook. 27 July 2004. KTBS-TV [Shreveport]. "Legend of the Deer-Eating Gator in Shreveport." KTBS-TV, 27 August 2004. U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service. "Alligator Takes Deer to Lunch in South Georgia." 23 August 2004.