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'Massive' alligator weighing about 700 pounds found in Georgia. It was more than 13 feet long
Brent Howze found the animal on Feb. 18 in an irrigation ditch near a lake, DNR spokesperson said. A photo showing the gator with Howze in the background prompted an investigation from local media to prove it wasn't a "hoax." Hanson verified the photo to USA TODAY.
The animal was euthanized due to its poor condition; the large alligator had several old gunshot wounds, Hanson said.
It isn't the largest alligator ever found in the state — that was a 14-feet-1-inch gator found in 2015, according to Hanson. Male alligators can grow as long as 16 feet, although anything over 14 feet is considered rare, according to a DNR fact sheet.