Like a dinosaur! Terrified Florida gator hunter describes catching huge 900-pound 13.3 feet alligator – the second largest ‘Gatorzilla’ ever killed in the state
- Gator hunter Kevin Brotz was out on the water with two others on Friday near Orlando
- The alligator appeared seemingly out of nowhere and the size of it caused visible shock in the men aboard
- Florida has been trying to get its alligator population under control
A Florida gator hunter scared himself catching the second largest of its kind found in the Sunshine State, measuring in at over 13 feet and 920 pounds that he’s comparing to a dinosaur.
Kevin Brotz, who runs an organization called Florida Gator Hunting and has been at this for nearly 20 years, was out on the water with two others on Friday near Orlando.
The alligator – whose population the state of Florida is trying to get under control – appeared seemingly out of nowhere and the size of it caused visible shock in the men aboard.
‘When we saw this gator, it was way bigger than anything we’ve ever caught before,’ he said.
‘It was a giant dinosaur,’ Brotz added. ‘Not every day you get a giant dinosaur in your boat.’
Brotz and his fellow boaters, Darren Field and Carson Gore, took four hours to wrangle the gator, who eventually weighed in at 920 pounds and 13 and three and three quarter inches.
‘I laid down in the front of the boat and said, ‘Alright, I have to lay down until we get back,’ because I thought I was going to die. That thing was huge,’ Gore said.
‘I had fear like I never felt before,’ added Brotz.
Brotz noted that he’s spent a long time attempting to hunt down gators and even made it his business, but this was something new.
‘I’ve lived here my whole life, and I think about gators, but I’ve never really experienced this,’ he said.
He was also worried for the safety of Field and Gore, who are close friends.
‘Honestly, my first concern was safety because we were in a smaller boat,’ Brotz said.
‘And then you add a gator whose head is this big. All he has to do is turn, and we’re in trouble. So immediately, all we kept saying, all I kept saying was, ‘Guys, we have to be smart. We have to play this safe.’ And I couldn’t have been with better people.’
This gator was only second in Florida’s history to one that weighed in at over 1,000 pounds, according to the state wildlife commission.
The largest alligator known on record is an 1,011-pound giant found in Alabama in 2014, according to the New York Post.
Brotz doesn’t want people to know the exact location they caught the gator, for fear that more people might visit and deal with gators themselves.
‘Ultimately, if a beast of that size gets a hold of you or, God forbid, a child, the odds are tough,’ he told WESH.
He also expressed an ambivalence toward having to kill the alligator, which was done to keep control of the local population.
‘I don’t ever feel good about killing an animal. But with that being said, I respect the harvest,’ he said. ‘Tags are allocated to balance the population out of control.’
He also referenced a gator that killed a 2-year-old boy at Disney World in 2016.
‘These are killing machines. They can, not that they want to, but it does happen. So we need to balance the population as well, so that’s how we look at it.’