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.


Posted on Thu Aug 25, 2005


SNOPES SAYS TRUE and it happened here and I still have the newspaper. A neighbor shot and killed one just down the street from me almost the same size.
Posted by Barbara Tiemeier  in  Houston TX  on  Mon Jun 21, 2010  at  12:15 PM
I don't know who doctored this picture up but this gator was found lodged in a storm culbort after Katrina in new orleans. The wildlife and fisheries people said the storm surge swept it headfirst into the drain and it got stuck and died there. It's hooked to a crane because that was the only way to get it out so we could repair the line. the gator was almost seventeen feet long. I know this for a fact because I was not ten feet away when it was taken out of the drain. someone just doctored the pictures up and added things in. You can tell it's a louisiana gator because of how it looks. louisiana and the southern parts of florida have an algea in the lakes that makes the gator look like it has a sheen.
Posted by michael caves  in  ponchatoula louisiana  on  Fri Aug 27, 2010  at  03:10 AM
If you want proof. look hanging in the trees in the back of the picyure and you'll notice spanish moss hanging from the tree limbs. thats louisiana.
Posted by michael caves  in  ponchatoula louisiana  on  Fri Aug 27, 2010  at  03:22 AM
they dont care if they kill you so why should u care about killing them
Posted by tonio  in  florida  on  Sun Apr 10, 2011  at  01:09 AM
haha thats some bull. alligators should die. no one likes them and they kill dogs kids cats turkeys goats horses, and they attack HUMANS so down with the gators!
Posted by edmund t  on  Mon Apr 18, 2011  at  10:21 AM
There's no shadow of the officer on the gators tail.
Posted by Random person  in  Florida  on  Wed Jul 20, 2011  at  10:06 AM
Just letting y'all all know, Joe Goff did shoot that gator. He shot it in his neighbors backyard. It is a world record gator. We have our own pictures of that gator. I have know Joe most of my life, and he is an amazing guy. Everyone in West Columbia Texas has no reason to lie about this gator. The photo is real. The gator is real. It was shot in a subdivision called Bar X. Look it up.
Posted by Michala Smith  in  Texas  on  Tue Feb 07, 2012  at  05:11 PM
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