Great-grandmother, 73, kills 580-pound alligator with one shot

Blanche Robertson
September 21, 2018

A miniature horse vanished a few years ago from Judy Cochran's cattle ranch in south-east Texas.

"This is what I killed on Monday and several wrote back, 'no you did not.' I said yes, I did do that", Cochran told KTRK after she posted the photo on social media.

A great-grandmother in Texas hit an alligator in the bull's-eye earlier this week, killing the massive reptile with one shot to its head, she told a local news station. Cochran says she plans on eating the alligator meat and displaying its head in her office.

"As big as this gator was, he could've easily eaten it", she told the Chronicle, adding that the gators typically leave them alone.

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Polk County, north-east of Houston, is one of a dozen Texas counties that has an alligator hunting season.

So she was glad when she discovered the raccoon carcass her son-in-law helped hang on a hook above the water had successfully caught the patriarch of the pond.

Ms Cochran's miniature horse's remains were never found after it disappeared about three years ago. "Shame on the mayor for her cruel, cowardly act", People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals said in a statement to NBC News. "We'll have the hide tanned to make some boots out of it, you can only make boots from the belly", Cochran said.

The great-grandmother has been looking for the offending animal ever since - but according to Fox13 she only had a set time frame where she could hunt the creature.

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