900-Pound Cattle-Eating Gator Killed in South Florida

PLUS: Nutritional Facts on Alligator Meat

MSN – In late January, hunter and guide Doug Borries of Ocean Springs, Mississippi, shot a colossal alligator that measured more than 13 feet long and weighed 905 pounds.

The gator was taken on a private ranch bordering Lake Okeechobee in South Florida, according to a report from FOX WXXV 25.

The landowner who gave Borries permission to hunt was fearful for his family’s safety after calves on his ranch started to go missing.

He believed the giant alligator was killing and eating them.

Borries says he shot the gator at 321 yards, sending the bullet from a 7mm STW rifle through the top of the skull.

“Alligator tastes similar to chicken and provides high-quality protein similar to lean beef.” – LIVESTRONG

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The age of the gator is unknown, but Borries estimated it to be 80 years old.

Borries said:

“I had no idea the magnitude of how big his body was until we pulled him completely out of the lake. An absolute beast.”

Borries will have a full-size mount of the gator made, he says, and have the meat from the animal processed … READ MORE. 

Nutritional Facts on Alligator Meat

By Barbara Froek, Livestrong

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Depending on where you live, alligator meat may be as common as beef.

Alligator is a game meat typically sold frozen. In general, most game meats have less saturated fat and fewer calories than commercially raised beef, pork and chicken, according to the South Dakota Department of Health. Alligator tastes similar to chicken and provides high-quality protein similar to lean beef.

Calorie Comparison

A 3.5-ounce serving of alligator meat — about the size of a deck of playing cards — contains 232 calories, according to the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services.

This amount is slightly less than that of a typical cut of beef. For example, a 3.5-ounce serving of rib-eye steak with the fat trimmed contains 291 calories, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

Protein Match Up

Where alligator really shines is in its protein content. Most game meats have more lean muscle tissue than domestic meats have, and alligator is no exception. That same 3.5-ounce serving of alligator packs a punch with close to 46 grams of protein.

That’s twice as much as the typical cut of domestic beef. A serving of rib-eye steak provides 23 grams of protein, according to the USDA, which is still a good amount … READ MORE.

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