Record numbers for alligators
Special to The Herald
Jackson - The 2010 Mississippi Alligator Hunting Season on public waters concluded with record harvest levels.
There were 224 alligators harvested - 132 in the Pearl River Zone and 92 in the Pascagoula River Zone - with a hunter success rate of 76 percent. Sixty-three alligators harvested were more than seven feet long and 17 alligators were longer than 10 feet.
The longest alligator harvested was 12 feet, 7 inches and weighed 433 pounds.
The heaviest harvested was 462 pounds and was 12 feet, 2 inches long. Hunters are allowed to harvest two alligators over four feet long, however only one may exceed seven feet.
Hunters are required to harvest a “runt gator” (4-7 feet long) prior to harvesting an alligator more than seven feet.
Runt gators comprised 71.9 percent of the alligators harvested.