Record-setting alligator captured alive

BEAUMONT, TX (KJAC) — Texas alligator hunters have hauled in a record-breaking catch.

Gary Saurage and his crew from Gator Country, in Beaumont, were called in to capture the huge gator from Champion Lake.

The record breaking reptile, which measured 13 feet, eight inches long and weighs more than 900 pounds, was brought back to Gator Country where it will be given a new home.

“And they let me know by record they don’t see anything that’s even been within 5 inches of this as for as being caught live. And uh that makes me feel proud. I’ve been looking for this gator for a really long time. This is without a doubt the highlight of my career,” Saurage said.

This record size gator for the state of Texas got too used to humans. But now that he has a new home in Gator Country, Saurage believes he’ll be a lot better off.

“He’s not going to be a dead alligator he’s going to be a live alligator here so we can educate people and show people what they’re like. And this is a magnificent beast, now people from all over the world will come and see even one that’s bigger than Big Al, finally,” Saurage said. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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