Great Grandma Shoots Massive Gator

The Texas woman believes the 12-foot, 580-pound gator was responsible for the disappearance of her miniature horse 3 years ago.

Judy B. Cochran with the 12-foot gator.
Judy B. Cochran with the 12-foot gator.NBC.com

A great grandma finally got revenge for the disappearance of her miniature horse when she tagged this massive 12-foot, 580-pound reptile with a single shot from her rifle.

In addition to being a great grandmother and mayor of Livingston, Texas, Judy B. Cochran, 78, is a horse lover. So she was understandably upset when one of her miniature horses went missing three years ago. She had always believed the outsized gator that called her pond home was responsible for the vanishing act, according to this story from nbc.com.

"The gator was large enough it could have eaten the mini-horse and the other gators are much smaller," Cochran told NBC News. "The horse just came up missing and it was in the same pasture where the gator had been. To say for sure it's the same gator, I can't say for sure but I highly suspect."

Once the gator was hooked it only took one shot from her .22LR rifle to put it down.
Once the gator was hooked it only took one shot from her .22LR rifle to put it down.NBC.com

So the law-abiding mayor and hunting license holder waited for right opportunity to arise within Polk County’s 20-day alligator season, held annually Sept. 10 - 30, to get revenge on what wound up being a 12-foot, 580-pound alligator.

Cochran enlisted the help a local trapper, who used a number of baits in an attempt to lure the giant gator, including liver from a feral hog. But it was a road-killed raccoon that finally enticed the lizard to bite. As per the local hunting regulations, gators must be hooked first before they are shot.

Once hooked, Cochran delivered the coup de grace with a single shot to the head with her Winchester .22LR rifle.

Cochran said her family will eat the alligator meat and the rest will be processed into a mount and possibly some boots.
Cochran said her family will eat the alligator meat and the rest will be processed into a mount and possibly some boots.NBC.com

"One shot in the head and he went under. Typically, they'll do a death roll and roll over and over and over, but this one didn't," Cochran told ABC.

Not only is Cochran's miniature horse avenged, but the gator isn't going to waste. Cochran told the Houston Chronicle that "Moye Taxidermy will be processing it, we'll eat the meat, have the head mounted and have the ridgeback part of the tail in my office. We'll have the hide tanned to make some boots out of it, you can only make boots from the belly."

Nice shootin' grandma.