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Five-Foot Woman Kills 13-Foot Alligator
CBS ^ | 18 Sept 2010 | unattributed

Posted on 09/18/2010 4:02:57 PM PDT by smokingfrog

Mary Ellen Mara-Christian is only five feet, five inches tall, weighing in at 115 pounds. She's looks small, but this week she proved she can take on a lot.

Mara-Christian killed a 13-foot, six-inch, 1,025-pound alligator during South Carolina's alligator hunting season.

How did she do it?

In an exclusive interview on "The Early Show on Saturday Morning," Mara-Christian explained she was out on a boat on Lake Moultrie with her husband and a few friends when she hooked the alligator with her heavy-duty fishing pole.

"We stuck him with a harpoon," she said. "We had two lines on him, we got him with a harpoon."

Mara-Christian said they had no idea how big the gator was. She said others estimated the gator was 10 feet long; it turned out to be three feet longer.

"I had no idea he was that big," she said.

But how did they reel him in?

(Excerpt) Read more at cbsnews.com ...


TOPICS: News/Current Events; US: South Carolina
KEYWORDS: gators; hunting; theweakersex
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1 posted on 09/18/2010 4:03:00 PM PDT by smokingfrog
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To: smokingfrog

That’s a BIG gator!


2 posted on 09/18/2010 4:03:32 PM PDT by smokingfrog (freerepublic.com - Thanks JimRob! The flags are back! - 8/17/2010.)
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To: smokingfrog

http://www.youtube.com/v/2TgyaAVXAR8&rel


3 posted on 09/18/2010 4:06:17 PM PDT by smokingfrog (freerepublic.com - Thanks JimRob! The flags are back! - 8/17/2010.)
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To: smokingfrog
King of misleading. The picture and the headline make it sound as if she was out on a Sunday stroll and was attacked and managed to kill the gator with her hands or something.

A kid could kill a gator with a gun or a harpoon. Big deal.

4 posted on 09/18/2010 4:12:29 PM PDT by speciallybland
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To: smokingfrog

So, when he stuck his head out of the water, she shot him with a gun. I guess someone in a wheelchair could do that.


5 posted on 09/18/2010 4:14:23 PM PDT by Krankor (Don't you see, no matter what you do, you'll never run away from you.)
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To: smokingfrog

Five foot two
Eyes of blue
but oh what that five foot can do.....


6 posted on 09/18/2010 4:18:51 PM PDT by onona (dbada)
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To: smokingfrog

That woman could crawl right into the big alligator’s gullet to see why his belly is so fat.


7 posted on 09/18/2010 4:20:57 PM PDT by NautiNurse (ObamaCare uses Bernie Madoff theory of economics)
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To: smokingfrog; SouthTexas; happydogx2; glock rocks; B4Ranch; Pete-R-Bilt; vox_freedom

Get your boot orders in now while they are marked down to 2 pair for $5,500 dollars...


8 posted on 09/18/2010 4:22:00 PM PDT by tubebender (Life is short so drink the good wine first...)
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To: Krankor
That gator may have been 40+ years old. Little redneck girl kills him. Hooray?
9 posted on 09/18/2010 4:23:33 PM PDT by Forgotten Amendments (I'd rather be Plaxico Burress than Sean Taylor)
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To: smokingfrog
How did she do it?

Wow!

I figured the alligator was cackled to death before I found out it wasn't a Clinton that brought him to his doom.

10 posted on 09/18/2010 4:25:18 PM PDT by EGPWS (Trust in God, question everyone else)
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To: smokingfrog
And if you want ready-made 'gator steaks:


11 posted on 09/18/2010 4:25:45 PM PDT by twister881
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To: smokingfrog

Read the PETA people’s comments at the link!


12 posted on 09/18/2010 4:26:03 PM PDT by Dr. Bogus Pachysandra ( Ya can't pick up a turd by the clean end!)
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To: smokingfrog

Yeah, but she didn’t fight fair!


13 posted on 09/18/2010 4:35:22 PM PDT by SWAMPSNIPER (The Second Amendment, A Matter Of Fact, Not A Matter Of Opinion)
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To: Forgotten Amendments
That gator may have been 40+ years old. Little redneck girl kills him. Hooray?

What I was thinking only you said it better. Nothing to cheer about.

14 posted on 09/18/2010 4:38:26 PM PDT by Menehune56 ("Let them hate so long as they fear" (Oderint Dum Metuant), Lucius Accius, (170 BC - 86 BC))
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To: smokingfrog

According to the story she had 2 helpers.


15 posted on 09/18/2010 4:47:23 PM PDT by Ditter
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To: Forgotten Amendments; Menehune56

And it wasn’t like she actually did it alone. She had her husband and several friends to help her kill an old alligator. And her accent in one of the tapes sounds like she’s from Boston.


16 posted on 09/18/2010 4:47:53 PM PDT by Krankor (Don't you see, no matter what you do, you'll never run away from you.)
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To: smokingfrog

She really wanted a new purse didn’t she?


17 posted on 09/18/2010 4:50:12 PM PDT by mnehring
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To: smokingfrog
I can hear the leftwingers sniveling right now... "But it wasn't a fair fight. She didn't kill it with her bare hands. Blindfolded. With one arm tied behind her back. Snivel, snivel, snivel!"

Never mind that NO leftwing "man" has balls enough to do what this woman did.

18 posted on 09/18/2010 4:50:33 PM PDT by LibWhacker (America awake!)
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To: speciallybland

“A kid could kill a gator with a gun or a harpoon. Big deal.”

Info from Swamp People -

How many do you have in your creel? Big gators have only one vulnerable spot. That is a quarter sized spot on the back of the head (neck). Other spots on the top side are so tough that bullets and harpoons just bounce off.

You should watch swamp people.

Don’t know if this is a record but it is bigger than those shown on that collection of shows about the Cajun gator hunters in Louisiana.


19 posted on 09/18/2010 4:51:02 PM PDT by chooseascreennamepat (Reid: Why, oh why, are they picking on me?)
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To: smokingfrog

Don’t know what she looks like but the story alone makes her hot.

I need her number. /s


20 posted on 09/18/2010 4:58:07 PM PDT by Vendome (Don't take life so seriously... You'll never live through it.)
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To: onona

With her BARE hands....


21 posted on 09/18/2010 4:58:29 PM PDT by traumer
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To: speciallybland

Go show us your stuff bigshot.

Oh, and we want sharp camera work in H.264 format.


22 posted on 09/18/2010 4:59:00 PM PDT by Vendome (Don't take life so seriously... You'll never live through it.)
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To: Krankor

Why the put down? The fact that she got onto the boat is more than most men or women had done. Like fishing most fishermen will have help on the boat with them when fishing for larger fish. And the person who hooks it gets the catch. Anybody would show off a large catch. Just because the news media got all excited doesn’t make it less of a catch.


23 posted on 09/18/2010 5:01:56 PM PDT by ThomasThomas (Yes, I know)
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To: smokingfrog

Why didn’t they just cut the line and let the gator go???? why did they kill it? Was in it’s own habitat...they hooked the gator...they should have let it go!!!!


24 posted on 09/18/2010 5:04:52 PM PDT by cubreporter ( Trust Rush and you won't go wrong.)
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To: speciallybland

A kid could kill a gator with a gun or a harpoon. Big deal.
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You are seriously underestimating a 13 foot gator. They weigh about 900 pounds at that length and can capsize a boat. They are almost impossible to get into a boat at that size as well (for a few people anyway).


25 posted on 09/18/2010 5:04:52 PM PDT by November 2010
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To: smokingfrog

Why didn’t they just cut the line and let the gator go???? why did they kill it? Was in it’s own habitat...they hooked the gator...they should have let it go!!!!


26 posted on 09/18/2010 5:05:01 PM PDT by cubreporter ( Trust Rush and you won't go wrong.)
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To: cubreporter

Because she drew a gator tag and she legally harvested a tasty gator to munch on for the year. Good for her and her helpers. I have eaten gator and it is good.


27 posted on 09/18/2010 5:09:12 PM PDT by mickey finn
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To: twister881

You should only use dynamite when you suspect that the meat is going to be tough and stringy.


28 posted on 09/18/2010 5:11:55 PM PDT by B4Ranch (Conflict is inevitable; Combat is an option. Train for the fight.)
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To: smokingfrog

Congratulations to the woman for legally utilizing a renewable resource. They say alligator meat is great, and alligator fat is horrid. There are actually alligator farms in southern Idaho that use hot springs to keep them warm. I want to take a tour some day.


29 posted on 09/18/2010 5:15:07 PM PDT by eartrumpet
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To: ThomasThomas

I’m putting her down because it’s a phony story. A five foot woman didn’t catch and kill a gator- she, her husband and who knows how many other people did it. And considering she’s from MA. and not South Carolina, I’m beginning to wonder if she and her friends did this on their own or are they just some tourists who hired a professional gator hunter to “help” them.


30 posted on 09/18/2010 5:16:39 PM PDT by Krankor (Don't you see, no matter what you do, you'll never run away from you.)
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To: mnehring

I think she’s set for life!


31 posted on 09/18/2010 5:17:20 PM PDT by smokingfrog (freerepublic.com - Thanks JimRob! The flags are back! - 8/17/2010.)
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To: smokingfrog

What a terrible article. There is no mention of what the party intends to do with the meat or hide. And there is little to chronicle the struggle that a 13 footer would give. “How did they reel him in?” is one question. For crying out loud, this is not a fish. You have to kill him outside the boat!

The comments are horrendous. “Wish she had fallen overboard before she killed it.”, “I think it would have been more entertaining if the story had a different outcome like:
IGNORANT MURDEROUS BAGGER GETS EATEN BY GATOR WHO WAS ATTACKED FOR NO REASON”.

Do these people not understand how much territory a 13 footer will command, protecting hunting grounds and breeding females? Taking him out allowed a few young males in who would otherwise be testing territory in residential areas eating dogs and perhaps small children who ventured too close to canals.


32 posted on 09/18/2010 5:23:36 PM PDT by lovesdogs
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To: cubreporter

Why kill it?

$30 per foot for skins and $5 per pound for meat is what I could find for current prices for alligator.


33 posted on 09/18/2010 5:27:32 PM PDT by ThomasThomas (Yes, I know)
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To: smokingfrog
Five-Foot Woman Kills 13-Foot Alligator

Good metaphor for November 2nd. Too bad it wasn't a rhino.

34 posted on 09/18/2010 5:29:05 PM PDT by Ezekiel (The Obama-nation began with the Inauguration of Desolation.)
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To: lovesdogs

My kin folk used dogs for gator bait...


35 posted on 09/18/2010 5:32:31 PM PDT by tubebender (Life is short so drink the good wine first...)
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To: Krankor
From www.boston.com:
Mass. woman bags 1,025-pound alligator in SC lake

COLUMBIA, S.C. --Experienced hunter Maryellen Mara-Christian of Massachusetts says she was excited to get her first alligator on a hunt this week in South Carolina.

Hooking and killing the 1,025 pound, 13 1/2-foot gator has made her something of a celebrity.

"He was just a big old gator," she said Friday by phone from a hotel in Washington, D.C., where she will be interviewed on a morning news show Saturday. "The hunt of a lifetime, I'd say."

The 48-year-old laid-off bank marketing officer from Fitchburg, Mass., was hunting Wednesday with her husband, Mark, who is a firefighter in Massachusetts and a part-time hunting guide in Maine, and Lake Moultrie guide Kevin Davis.

"I came down to South Carolina hoping for a 10-footer and I just lucked out to may have gotten one of the biggest ones people have ever seen," Mara-Christian said.

Alligator hunting is part hunting, part fishing. Hunters use a regular fishing pole with a heavy line and a large snatch hook. They try to get several hooks in the alligator to get him close to the boat so they can shoot or harpoon them. It is illegal in South Carolina for a hunter to shoot a free swimming alligator.

It took about two hours for Mara-Christian's party to secure the gator before they could shoot it. But the .22-caliber gun they had wasn't powerful enough to put the animal down so Mara-Christian used a knife to sever the animal's spinal cord at the base of its head...


36 posted on 09/18/2010 5:34:22 PM PDT by RonDog
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To: Vendome
From www.thestate.com:
Lake Moultrie gator

- Dan Brown /The Berkeley Independent, www.berkeleyind.com


37 posted on 09/18/2010 5:41:18 PM PDT by RonDog
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To: potlatch

This could be the basis of a nice “Christine O’Donnell captures Karl Rove” image...


38 posted on 09/18/2010 5:43:17 PM PDT by RonDog
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To: traumer

With her BARE hands....
= = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = =
No, you are thinking of Davy Crockett...

“”KILT HIM A B’AR WHEN HE WAS ONLY 3””


39 posted on 09/18/2010 5:43:36 PM PDT by xrmusn ((6/98) POLS= "a plethora of advice and a paucity of real assistance")
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To: tubebender
No boots, but I'll take a belt.

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40 posted on 09/18/2010 5:47:56 PM PDT by vox_freedom (America is being tested as never before in its history. May God help us.)
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To: tubebender

Are you just messing with my user name or did they really do that? All things gator and bear are for some bizarre reason hugely interesting to me. If true, was dog more effective than chicken as bait? Or was it simply a matter of availability?


41 posted on 09/18/2010 5:50:10 PM PDT by lovesdogs
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To: RonDog

Wow, then she’s even more immoral than I realized. She didn’t hunt the gator for food, or the hide. She hunted it as a trophy. The only thing she was concerned about was its size.


42 posted on 09/18/2010 6:09:49 PM PDT by Krankor (Don't you see, no matter what you do, you'll never run away from you.)
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To: Krankor
So, when he stuck his head out of the water, she shot him with a gun.

No.

43 posted on 09/18/2010 6:12:59 PM PDT by Right Wing Assault (The Obama magic is <strike>fading</strike>gone.)
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To: Right Wing Assault
Yes
44 posted on 09/18/2010 6:16:38 PM PDT by Krankor (Don't you see, no matter what you do, you'll never run away from you.)
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To: chooseascreennamepat

The Americam record gator was taken in Louisiana and was over 19 feet with an est. wt of 2,000 lbs.


45 posted on 09/18/2010 6:17:30 PM PDT by BnBlFlag (Deo Vindice/Semper Fidelis "Ya gotta saddle up your boys; Ya gotta draw a hard line")
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To: Krankor

No. She left a few details out, according to the story. “But the .22-caliber gun they had wasn’t powerful enough to put the animal down so Mara-Christian used a knife to sever the animal’s spinal cord at the base of its head.”

She stabbed it to death.


46 posted on 09/18/2010 6:26:57 PM PDT by Right Wing Assault (The Obama magic is <strike>fading</strike>gone.)
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To: Krankor
“Wow, then she’s even more immoral than I realized. She didn’t hunt the gator for food, or the hide. She hunted it as a trophy. The only thing she was concerned about was its size.”

Why on earth do others have to conform with your notions of how the world should be?

Especially in this case..

That little beastie would happily scramble our of the water and drag down a kid or even an adult human and only stop when it was full.

Hooray for our species..

W

47 posted on 09/18/2010 6:27:20 PM PDT by WLR (Remember 911 Remember 91 Iran delinda est.)
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To: WLR
That little beastie would happily scramble our of the water and drag down a kid or even an adult human and only stop when it was full.

Hee! Hee! Hee! That's got to be one of the funniest posts of the day. She didn't kill it for food. She didn't kill it for the hide. Damn it! She killed it to save the children!
48 posted on 09/18/2010 6:34:11 PM PDT by Krankor (Don't you see, no matter what you do, you'll never run away from you.)
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To: RonDog

Sexy!


49 posted on 09/18/2010 6:35:56 PM PDT by Vendome (Don't take life so seriously... You'll never live through it.)
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To: smokingfrog

seems like a pretty evenly matched contest.


50 posted on 09/18/2010 6:36:20 PM PDT by the invisib1e hand
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