Texas Great-Grandmother Shoots and Kills 12-Foot Alligator Because She Suspects It Ate Her Miniature Horse

Judy Cochran, left, harvested a 12-foot, 580-pound alligator at her ranch on Monday. (Photo: Photo courtesy Scott Hughes)

A Texas woman says she shot and killed a 12-foot, 580-pound alligator at her ranch Monday and that she suspects the massive animal ate her miniature horse.

Even before she shot the alligator, Judy Cochran was having a memorable 2018, she told USA TODAY. In May, she became the mayor of Livingston, Texas, and earlier in September she became a great-grandmother.

Now, she’s telling the story of her memorable hunt: She killed the gator with one shot, plans to eat the meat and hopes to display the gator’s “humongous” head in her office.

She said she doesn’t think of herself as a hunter, and she doesn’t want to seem like she’s bragging about the harvest. But she’s been looking for this gator for some time.

A miniature horse of her’s went missing about three years ago, and the animal’s remains were never found.

“So we suspected a gator … it would have to be a big gator,” she said.

Since then, multiple alligators have been found on her property, which includes several miles of riverfront. But it wasn’t until Monday that an animal large enough was located.

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SOURCE: USA Today, Joel Shannon