73-yr-old grandma kills 12-ft, 580-pound alligator with single shot after it eats her miniature horse
Judy Cochran had reportedly been searching for the gator for many years now and finally got the opportunity to shoot and kill it after catching it on a hook
A Texas great-grandmother shot dead a 12-foot, 580-pound alligator believing that it may have killed one of her miniature horses a few years ago. 73-year-old Judy Cochran took down the monstrous gator with a single shot at her ranch in Goodrich, Texas.
Cochran had allegedly been after the creature for quite some time now and that she had been actively seeking to kill it. Speaking to the Houston Chronicle, she said, "We think this is the gator that ate one of our miniature horses several years ago, as big as this gator was, he could've easily eaten it. Typically the gators don't bother us, but we've been looking for (this one)."
According to the Daily Mail, Cochran, who is an elected official and the mayor of Livingston, was in a meeting when her son-in-law called to say that they had caught the gator on a hook using a raccoon as bait. The 73-year-old then used her Winchester .22 Magnum to take the beast down with a single bullet.
She assured those concerned that the hunt was entirely ethical. There are reportedly quite a few requirements to kill a gator in Polk County where Livingston is located. While it is one of 12 counties that has a hunting season for alligators — between September 10 and September 30 — those wanting to hunt need to get a permit and tags from a wildlife biologist. They also have to catch the animal on a hook first, as Cochran had done.
The pond where Cochran's family found the alligator also happens to hold a special place in her heart: It's the exact same spot where her grandson shot one of the creatures dead nine years ago when he was just five-years-old. She said she doesn't think of herself as a hunter and that she doesn't want to seem like she's bragging about the kill. Instead, the 73-year-old has plans to ensure that her most recent kill does not go to waste.
The great-grandma told the Houston Chronicle that Moye Taxidermy will be processing the animal and that the family will be eating its meat. Furthermore, she plans to make a trophy out of the kill and wants its head mounted. She wants the ridgeback part of the tail in her office and will use the hide tanned to make several pairs of boots.
It has already been an eventful 2018 for Cochran, who became the mayor of Livingston this past May. She also recently became a great-grandmother and had a warning for those that were listening: "Don't mess with Nana!"