Woman bags 1,025-pound alligator in SC lake

By: AP
By: AP

Friday September 17, 2010

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) -- A Massachusetts woman has a remarkable
souvenir to take back home from South Carolina.

Maryellen Mara-Christian bagged a 13 1/2-foot 1,025-pound alligator
in Lake Moultrie. Mara-Christian said Friday that she is an
experienced hunter, but this was her first gator.

The 48-year-old former bank marketing officer from Fitchburg,
Mass., was hunting Wednesday with her husband, who is a firefighter
and a part-time hunting guide. It took about two hours to secure
the gator before they could shoot it.

The .22-caliber gun they used wasn't powerful enough to put the
animal down, so Mara-Christian used a knife to sever the
alligator's spinal cord.

Meat processor Steve Drummond said the gator had so much fat
that only about 40 pounds was usable meat. He will stuff the animal
for Mara-Christian to display.

(Copyright 2010 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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