A MASSIVE alligator was shot dead by a hunter after cattle started disappearing.
Famous Mississippi hunter Doug Borries tracked the 13ft beast as it roamed a private lake in Vancleave, South Florida.
Students own Dynamic Outdoors TVs, which staked out on the top of the lake’s dike before dawn.
He finally saw the crocodile emerge through the sights of his rifle from a distance of 457 meters.
As the monster approached, Borries said he fired a single shot that hit the alligator right above its eye from a distance of 293 meters.
He wrote on Facebook “I was lucky enough to make a perfect shot at him at such a long range. Owning a good gun comes at a cost.”
He and a few others then had to pull the crocodile out of the bottom of the lake.
It is believed to be 80 years old and weighs 410 kg.
He told McClatchy News: “I didn’t know how big his body was until we pulled him completely out of the lake.
“It has been suspected of eating some local livestock around the lake and is considered a threat.”
Borries was deer hunting with a friend when he first heard about crocodiles killing livestock.
He said, “This guy said he’s seen the gator since he was a kid.
“It’s time for the gator to go because some of the calves are gone.
“He asked me if I wanted to come and hunt the gator. I said, ‘Absolutely.’ For me, it’s a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.”
To ensure the job was done, Borries used a specialized approach.
I said WXXV: “What most hunters do, for hunters, four or five people get on a boat.
“They would go out at night, and then when they pulled him up, they beat him with a stick that hit him in the head.
“It had a loaded shotgun bullet in the tip of the stick, and I didn’t want to hunt him that way.
“I want to hunt him like I would if it were just me and a deer.”
Borries has 36 state records for hunting and fishing and holds nine world records.
He intends to mount the animal in his home.
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