Texas great-grandmother shoots 12-foot gator as revenge for killing mini-horse

Judy Cochran

With conservation rules limiting the green zone on gators to the last 20 days of September, Cochran obeyed all of the regulations and called in a nuisance trapper, for assistance.

A 73-year-old great grandmother shot and killed a 12ft alligator she suspects of eating her miniature horse.

Cochran, who became a great-grandmother this month and also serves as the town's mayor, says the horse went missing about three years ago and thinks the alligator she killed in her ranch fits the bill of potential suspects.

The Texas mayor noted she had followed all the requirements for hunting the alligator, as outlined by state law, NBC News noted.

The great-grandmother has been looking for the offending animal ever since - but according to Fox13 she only had a set time frame where she could hunt the creature.

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"As big as this gator was, he could've easily eaten it", she told the Chronicle, adding that the gators typically leave them alone.

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

In Polk County, hunting season for alligators is only open from 10-30 September. Cochran plans to mount its head and tail in her office, make boots from its hide and eat the meat, she said.

So she was glad when she discovered the raccoon carcass her son-in-law helped hang on a hook above the water had successfully caught the patriarch of the pond.

"When Scott called, he said, we've got the big one, Nana, so come on down", said Cochran.

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