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Giant Alligator
image An image has been circulating showing a giant alligator hanging from a crane, as a person in uniform walks behind it. But according to the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission (as quoted in the Texarkana Gazette), the image is fake:

"It's fake. It didn't happen. We don't just go out and kill alligators just because they are there. I don't know why anyone would perpetuate something like that," he said. "There is a lot that comes across the Internet that is fabricated," said Arkansas Game and Fish Commission Lt. Don Albright...
According to the photograph's accompanying text, Evening Shade, Ark., residents Charles and Anita Rogers, who may or may not exist, said they could hear "bellowing" during the evening hours. According to the story, their neighbors attributed the alleged noise to a giant alligator they saw in the pond that runs behind their home.
"I didn't believe it," Charles Rogers said in the story.
Albright said the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission has detained large alligators in the past like the one seen in the picture. However, he said the organization has a policy to protect the alligators rather than shooting them, hanging their remains from a suspended crane and taking pictures of their trophy.


But how exactly is it fake? That's not clear to me. Is it the caption that's fake? Or has the image been photoshopped? Snopes suspects the image is genuine, but has the incident occurring in Texas.
Animals
Posted by The Curator on Thu Aug 25, 2005
this is real, it happened in alabama not arkansas, and it got shot because they had no choice, they were trying to capture it and it didn't work out
Posted by kenora  in  iowa  on  Tue Mar 10, 2009  at  01:24 AM
alligators should be procted or if they go exctinct we will be to blame. and i am a 10 year old trying to procte alligators.so get my messaing.
Posted by chelsea  in  brwnsville,texas  on  Fri Apr 17, 2009  at  06:24 PM
leave alligators alone they do not do anything to them don't kill they are living humans do you agree
Posted by TamaraEllis  in  Nc  on  Thu Apr 23, 2009  at  08:51 PM
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Posted by TamaraEllis  in  Nc  on  Thu Apr 23, 2009  at  08:57 PM
well i was just studing aligators and i just fell in love with them and i stil cant belvie we humans are killing them. they r such wonderful creatures and then we are killing them for clothes food etc. so if i was you i would reseach them more and you probaly fall in love with them and realize how inportant they are to use and again i am a 10 year old trying to save alligators so just take my advice and realize you just need to take care of them and they will not become instinct so please please take my advice and you have yourself to thank for saving the alligaters. wink
Posted by chelsea  in  brownsville  on  Mon May 04, 2009  at  09:28 PM
Yeah all the animal rights activists talk about how we shouldn't kill it--until that alligator eats an entire school bus with kids in it. LOL--people have been killing animals that endanger human life since the beginning of time. And this alligator, being the size of Detroit, endangered human life. We're superior.
Sorry to rain on the parade, but I'm glad they got to it before it got to a person. Say they wouldn't have killed it-would you have gotten on to the alligator for the killing the deer? We musn't endanger deer!
Posted by scott  in  indiana  on  Wed Jun 10, 2009  at  10:36 AM
well ive been around backhoes all my life and i know that a trex back hoe shown in this picture can in fact lift over 5000 lbs with the back boom the thing is having a good operator that knows how to do it. i know there are people saying its not real but i personaly think it is just because i believe that if something has a good food sorse that it can grow bigger than normal
Posted by alex  in  hayden alabama  on  Thu Jun 18, 2009  at  07:05 PM
ok dude that is no a robot human you idiot and weather it is fake or not someone did a good job....and the biggest gator ive heard of is 16ft so i think it might be a oad of bull
Posted by jon  in  atlanta, ga  on  Sun Jul 12, 2009  at  02:36 PM
This photo is a fake. There has never been a documented gator ever cought,killed that was over 15' In the late 1980's on Lake Santa Fe around the Melrose, Keystone Heights Fla. area,a gator was killed that was 14'9". That gator was documented as the biggest gator ever caught..and still is!! There has'nt even been a saltwater croc. that has been documented over 20'....
Posted by grant moyer  in  keystone heights fla  on  Sun Jul 12, 2009  at  09:49 PM
http://www.chron.com/disp/story.mpl/hotstories/6556800.html
2 men charged with killing 600-pound gator
The reptile was popular with visitors at the Armand Bayou Nature Center
By ALLAN TURNER
HOUSTON CHRONICLE
July 31, 2009, 9:43PM
A day of hunting wild pigs turned sour for two Pasadena men after they caught
Posted by BARBARA TIEMEIER  in  Lake Jackson, Gulf Coast Gator Country, Texas  on  Sat Aug 01, 2009  at  12:08 PM
And the original story The gator in that photo was on the front page of our paper April 2005, I kept the paper.
http://thefacts.com/story.lasso?ewcd=83855b74c795fc57
It was too large to haul off, 13 ft long, so had to be killed.
Game wardens forced to shoot alligator

By Michael Wright
The Facts

Published April 16, 2005

WEST COLUMBIA
Posted by BARBARA TIEMEIER  in  Lake Jackson, Gulf Coast Gator Country, Texas  on  Sat Aug 01, 2009  at  12:13 PM
Anita Rogers said she kept her dogs in the fence when she first heard the stories and heard the bellowing, which she likened to a giant bullfrog.

The Rogerses are glad the reptile is gone, but they don
Posted by BARBARA TIEMEIER  in  Lake Jackson, Gulf Coast Gator Country, Texas  on  Sat Aug 01, 2009  at  12:13 PM
That's a crocodile.

Gators have thin noses.

The uniform looks like Northern Territory Australia police.

Salt water crocs are *MUCH* more agressive then gators.
Posted by Mr-Yellow  on  Thu Aug 06, 2009  at  09:23 PM
Mr-Yellow person thats a alligator in the photo not a crocodile. crocs are the ones with the thin snouts, alligators are the ones with the big snouts, and american crocs are the ones with the really thin snouts. Google the 3 if you dont believe me or learn more about them you idiot.
Posted by karen  on  Fri Aug 07, 2009  at  11:39 AM
No you.

Guess you've never seen a croc tongue laugh
Posted by Mr-Yellow  on  Fri Aug 07, 2009  at  08:38 PM
i've seen them and i know what they actually look
Posted by karen  on  Fri Aug 07, 2009  at  10:47 PM
I bet those of you who are so worried about the alligator have never had a loved one or friend bitten or killed by one of these useless creatures. We have a house on the river and our children swim off our pier and there have been gators seen up river from us I'm sure they will soon if not already be in front of our house so I wish they were gone. At one time they may have been endangered but thanks to people who do not even live near gators or who have never taken their kids to the river for a day of tubing, sking, sun bathing,or just floating the river, they have made a huge comeback. My family is alot more important than a gator. We shouldn't have to worry everytime we get in the water if we are gonna have a encounter with a gator. cool hmm
Posted by Vicki Brown  in  Pickens County, AL  on  Wed Oct 28, 2009  at  05:11 PM
Well, firstly.. That's an american alligator, not a croc, I do believe Steve Irwin would agree if he weren't mending the hole in his chest.

Secondly, there's only two things that make me believe that photo has been shopped... One being the tail, which is almost fully curved and erect. If this gator is dead or even sleeping, the tail would not be so tense, it would at least be touching the ground in ANY circumstance. And aside from that, why isn't the officer's shadow casting onto the tail? It's obviously casting below it.

And the rope. It loops through the gator's mouth and is hanging freely below it. However, the tassle at the end of the rope is not pointing toward the ground, it's slanted as if it were swinging, but nothing else in the photo is.

Besides, the head's too big.
Posted by Corpse  on  Fri Nov 06, 2009  at  02:39 AM
The pic was taken in FL and its real i kinda know cause i used to live near there it is 100% true and they did not shoot it for know reason. it was hauling around a full grown buck in the water if you do is look around on the internet and you will figure it out. people were also trying to say it was shoot in Texas that's not true they just don't have any thing to talk about in that state and they need to stop taking other people's credit.
Posted by james b  in  palatka FL  on  Thu Dec 24, 2009  at  02:27 AM
The story is full of holes, starting with the picture of the hanging carcass. The proportions are wrong for an alligator in several parts of the body. The head is a crocodile head or that of a cross-breed of some kind (including, perhaps, one made by phot editing). Fish & Game Depts would not kill such a monster; they would do their level best to preserve it; it's too big a tourist draw not to. And who in A-mer-i-ca refers to a deer as a stag? They call the antlered ones 'bucks'. 'Stag' is a European term.
Posted by Pahinh Winh  on  Mon Dec 28, 2009  at  05:00 PM
this is a fake, i worked with gator control agent in fl for over 12 yrs, studied zoology and herpetology, have caught 1000 of gators, and now keep them as pets, the head is very funny, way to large. largest i ever caught was 13 1/2 ft, largest i ever saw was 17 ft largest ever caught was 19 ft, its a fake,looks more like a 12 ft one with a enlarged head, photo chopped on it
Posted by al  in  indiana  on  Mon Feb 01, 2010  at  10:24 AM
deer people alligators are founnd in kansas we have done so much research on the ones found in kansas and we think alligators were already in kansas before kansas became a state so there are kansas aligators and kansas crocadilles to so don't say that is fake because it may not be it may have been since kansas became a state or even before that.
Posted by phill  in  fguhuiufguiyaufsg  on  Wed Feb 10, 2010  at  05:16 PM
its stupid, the tail curves upward, if it were dead then the tail would flop dragging on the ground.
Posted by jack  on  Thu Feb 11, 2010  at  04:00 PM
I've never seen a real alligator before but it does look real. However it's tail is curled upward, not touching the ground. So it makes me question as to whether or not the picture really is authentic. Do Alligator tails curl when they die?
Posted by Cat  in  WA  on  Thu Feb 18, 2010  at  07:17 PM
The Pic looks Pretty Real.The Gator is there and its wrong to have it just hanging there like some doll!!!!!!!!!
Posted by Brianna Melton  in  Echols County, Ga.  on  Fri Apr 16, 2010  at  12:14 PM
You can tell that this is fake if you look at the rope he's hanging from-the one attached to the crane..look closely-it's impossible that he's hanging there like that on a tiny looped rope-only on one prong of the crane.
Posted by Rachelle  in  Myakka city, Florida  on  Sun May 02, 2010  at  05:38 PM
You can so tell this is fake because if he was really hanging from the crane the force of it would be so strong that his mouth would be open because sopossedly(spelled it wrong) it is tied shut but it clearly isn't.
Posted by shannon  in  myakka city florida  on  Sun May 02, 2010  at  05:46 PM
This is real, it was in my newspaper, in Laplace La, The Times Picayune.
Posted by Austin Vicknair  in  Laplace La  on  Fri May 21, 2010  at  10:31 PM
okay first of all you can obviously see that the Gators tail is not touching the ground which is completely rediculous. If it was really dead, Its tail would have no strength to keep it in the air. real story, fake Picture.
Posted by Jesse  in  Tampa, Florida  on  Wed May 26, 2010  at  09:39 PM
http://www.chron.com/disp/story.mpl/metropolitan/7059717.html
'Later, alligator'
When reptiles venture into populated areas, officials urge you to just back away
By AMANDA CASANOVA
HOUSTON CHRONICLE
June 18, 2010, 12:09AM
For the most part, encounters between alligators and humans are harmless. Already this season in Harris County, the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department has logged more than 25 calls for nuisance alligators, two of them within the past week, and all have ended amicably
Posted by Barbara Tiemeier  in  Houston TX  on  Mon Jun 21, 2010  at  02:12 PM
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