If there was any doubt whether states other than Florida have to contend with giant gators, that was answered emphatically on Monday.
Photos posted by the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries and Parks show the longest gator ever captured in the state.
The monster gator, captured Monday by the hunting party of Bryan Burnside near Natchez, measured 14 feet, ¾-inch. It was certified as the "longest male alligator taken by a permitted hunter in Mississippi," breaking the previous record by a half-inch.
It weighed in at 766½ inches with a belly girth of 69 inches and tail girth of 43 inches, officials said.