Grandmother Shoots Alligator That Ate Her Miniature Horse

A grandmother, who is also a great-grandmother AND mayor of her town, went on the hunt for AND successfully killed an alligator with just one shot.

By DAVID on September 19, 2018
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The grandmother is also the Mayor of the town of Livingston, down in Texas. She also just became a great-grandmother. That’s Great Grandma Mayor Judy Cochran to you, bucko! And she did it with just one shot, too! So that’s Great-grandma sharp-shot Mayor Judy Co.. Nevermind.

Mayor Judy was on her ranch when she noticed that one of her miniature horses had gone missing. This happened about three years ago, she says. The remains of the horse weren’t found, so it became pretty apparent that it was an alligator that got the horse. “So we suspected a gator … it would have to be a big gator,” Judy says. Well, eventually her and some others were able to track that ‘gator down, but there are some rules about ‘gator huntin’.

Judy continued talking about the rules, “There are a lot of requirements to kill a gator in Polk County… We’re one of 12 counties that has a hunting season for alligators, between Sept. 10 and 30. You have to have a permit and tags from a wildlife biologist, and you have to catch it on a hook first. We don’t just go to the ranch and hunt a gator.” Well that’s good to know. It was emphasized that it was an ethical hunt. She says that she plans to hang the head in her office, and she wants to make boots from the hyde. A very interesting mayor and town, clearly. It was a 12-foot, 580 pound alligator too, by the way.

Oh, as a bonus, the same pond where this gator was caught has a history. Back in 2009, her grandson also got a ‘gator in the same pond. Her 5-year-old grandson, that is. Not a family I want to mess with, wow. Check out more details on the alligator here.

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