These first two pictures were taken by a KTBS helicopter flying over Lake Weiss , which is about 90 miles North of Birmingham , Alabama .
The helicopter pilot and the game wardens on the ground were in communication via 2-way radios. Here is a transcript of their conversation.
"Air1, have you a visual on the gator? Over."
"Approaching inlet now. Over"
"Gator sighted. Looks like it has a small animal in its mouth. . . moving in. Over."
"Oh Crap. It's a Deer!"
"Confirm, Air1. Did you say Deer? Over"
"Roger--a deer in its mouth. . .looks like a full sized buck. That's a big gator, boys. We're gonna need more men. Over"
"Roger, Air1, can you give me a idea on size of animal? Over."
"It's a big one--25 feet at least! Please advise. Gator is heading to inlet. Do I pursue? Over."
That has to be a HUGE gator to have a whole deer in its mouth!
The deer was later found to be a mature Stag and was measured at 11 feet tall!
Are you ready to go skiing on Lake Weiss ?!
If you ski at the west end of the lake, try not to fall overboard.
This alligator was found between Centre and Leesburg , Alabama near a house! Game wardens were forced to shoot the alligator--guess he wouldn't cooperate.
Anita and Charlie Rogers could hear the beast bellowing in the night. Their neighbors had been telling them that they had seen a mammoth alligator in the waterway that runs behind their house, but they dismissed the stories as exaggerations.
"I didn't believe it," Charles Rogers said, but after the alligator was killed, they realized the stories were, if anything, understated.
Alabama Parks and Wildlife game wardens had to shoot the beast. Joe Goff, a 6'5" tall game warden, shown below, walks past the 28'1" long alligator that he helped shoot and kill in the Rogers ' back yard.