Texas mayor, 73, kills huge alligator she thinks ate her miniature horse

Texas mayor, 73, kills huge alligator she thinks ate her miniature horse

Cochran is Mayor of Livingston, so she was in meetings when she got the call about the catch.

On Sunday evening, she got her revenge with a single shot to the head of a 12-foot, 580-pound gator at her ranch on the Trinity River.

"This is what I killed on Monday and several wrote back, 'no you did not.' I said yes, I did do that", Cochran told KTRK after she posted the photo on social media.

Three years ago, her miniature horse disappeared and she was certain an alligator had eaten the animal, which was about the same size as a Labrador retriever. It runs from September 10 to 30, and Cochran said her property, which has been in the family for more than 50 years, was issued a hunting permit by a state wildlife biologist.

Judy B. Cochran, the mayor of Livingston, Texas, told NBC News the horse had turned up missing and she suspected the alligator was the culprit.

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Polk County, north-east of Houston, is one of a dozen Texas counties that has an alligator hunting season.

"One shot in the head and he went under".

"Don't mess with Nana", said Cochran, laughing as she spoke with a reporter. With that in hand, a friend rigged a large hook baited with a days-old raccoon carcass over the pond.

"We may not understand alligators the way we do animals we're more familiar with, but we know that they're expert navigators, clever hunters, and fiercely protective parents who, most importantly, feel the same fear and pain that we do".

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