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September 22, 2018

Great-grandmother shoots 12-ft alligator suspected of eating her miniature horse

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Great-grandmother and Livingston, Texas mayor Judy B. Cochran killed a 12-foot, 580-pound alligator because she believed it's the gator that ate one of her miniature horses several years ago.

On September 16, 2018, Cochran managed to kill the alligator at her ranch. It was in the same pond where her grandson, Simon Hughes, took down a gator in 2009.

In an interview with USA Today, the senior woman, who became the mayor of Livingston, Texas, in May, opened up about her unforgettable hunt. Follow us on our Twitter account, @amomama_usa, to learn more.

Cochran, whose grandchildren call her Nana, revealed that she took the life of the alligator with only one shot. She also planned to eat the meat and hoped to display its head in her office.

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According to her, she doesn't think of herself as a hunter, but she has been looking for this alligator for some time.

Three years ago, one of her miniature horses went missing, and the animal's remains were never discovered.

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Cochran said, "So we suspected a gator ... it would have to be a big gator.” Since then, several alligators have been found on her property.

Just 20 days in September, there was a limited season for hunting alligators in Polk County, Texas, Cochran explained.

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She added that the beast must be caught on a hook before it is killed.

Cochran's property has a baited hook, and someone called her that the alligator was on the hook. The animal was immediately rushed to a taxidermist after she shot it.

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Cochran then explained that the alligator's resources are being put to good use. She said that the hide is being made into boots and its meat will be eaten.

As reported by the Houston Chronicle, in 2009, Cochran's grandson, Simon, also shot an alligator in the same pond. That animal was even bigger.

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