Texas grandmother bags gator suspected of killing her miniature horse

Posted at 8:10 PM, Sep 19, 2018
and last updated 2018-09-19 22:20:14-04

(KPRC/NBC News) – A Texas mayor, grandmother and rancher has gotten her revenge on the alligator she blames for the disappearance of her miniature horse.

“It’s big,” Livingston Mayor Judy Cochran says of the gator.

The last time Cochran was within range of the monster alligator, she was firing at it on her ranch.

“One shot and he went under,” she says.

Gators are no strangers to her ranch. They live in ponds there, but the 12-foot, 580-pound gator was a prime suspect in a mystery.

“About three years ago, we came up missing a miniature horse. We highly suspect a gator got it,” Cochran says.

Concerned about the safety of their other pets and animals, Cochran and her family wanted to track the big boy down. But in Polk County, there are rules.

“You can only hunt and kill a gator between September 10 and September 30, and you have to have a permit and a tag,” she explained.

Cochran said she had her permit and tag when she shot the gator and she plans to feature the animal’s head in her office.

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