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Large Alligator Found in Waters of Lincoln County

West Virginia Division of Natural Resources officers shot a half-grown alligator in the Upper Mud River in Lincoln County. They say it measured 67 inches long.

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LINCOLN COUNTY, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- An alligator is such a bizarre, unusual sight in the waters of the Upper Mud River that even seeing isn't necessarily believing.

"I didn't even tell my wife," says Jack Stonestreet, who was fishing on the river last Thursday. "I didn't tell her because, to be honest, I didn't think anyone would believe me."

Fishermen over the past several days contacted the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources to tell them of the gator sighting. On Saturday, Nick Huffman, a field superintendent with the DNR, saw the scaled reptile with his own eyes.

"I would say he's a half grown alligator, a total measurement of 67 inches," Huffman says. "That's big enough I knew not to get on him in hand-to-hand combat."

The DNR shot the alligator and pulled it out of the water.

The alligator will now be dissected. Opening the alligator's stomach may give the DNR some insight as to where it may have come from and how long it was in the river.


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