Huge 360-pound Alligator Captured After Chasing Kayaker in Georgia

A monster alligator weighing in at 360 pounds was captured and killed in Georgia this week after police received reports that it had been chasing a kayaker in a pond.

Local resident Robbie Amerson told media outlet WRDW he was driving down Gordon Highway on Monday night when he spotted a group of deputies from the Richmond County Sheriff's Office pulled over at the side of the road close to Molly Pond in South Augusta.

It emerged they were hunting for a huge alligator that had been branded a "nuisance" for chasing a person in a kayak and did not appear to fear human contact.

Amerson said that he was able to enlist his friend Trey Durant, who is licensed by the Georgia Department of Natural Resources (DNR) to trap the animals. According to WJBF, it took the men more than two hours to tag and capture the alligator before removing it from the pond.

The reptile was taken to a processor where it would be used for meat. Durant uploaded a photo of the gator to his Facebook page yesterday, saying it was 10 feet and 6 inches long. "I'm glad I could help you, that's a sure enough dinosaur," Amerson later commented under the snap.

In the comments section, the hunter defended himself against criticism from social media users who believed the alligator should have been relocated rather than used for meat.

"This is just one of the thousands of calls DNR [of Georgia] get every year. This gator will be processed correctly and will not go to waste," Durant explained.

"Every year it's a certain amount of tags DNR gives out. The population of gators will not be diminished, actually it's balanced and monitored. It's mating season and that gator was very territorial. In a small pond which he lived in is not safe during that time. Think about it."

According to the DNR, there are between 200,000 and 250,000 alligators in the state. Anyone hunting them needs to apply for and possess a hunting license from the agency. Licensed nuisance alligator agent-trappers remove about 450 alligators in the state every year.

The wildlife department says online that valid hunters can use "hand-held ropes or snares, snatch hooks, harpoons, gigs or arrows with a restraining line attached" to trap gators.

It notes captured alligators "must be dispatched immediately upon capture by using a handgun or bangstick, or by severing the spinal cord with a sharp implement." A gator is deemed a "nuisance" when it is discovered outside of its normal range or has become habituated to humans. Gator hunting season this year started on August 16 and is scheduled to end on October 7.

While it's normal to stumble upon the apex predator lurking in a pond, a flexible alligator in Florida went viral earlier this month after it was caught on camera climbing over a fence at the Naval Air Station in Jacksonville.