Record Gator Taken in Black Belt Makes Debut

Mandy Stokes team – From left, Kevin Jenkins, Parker Jenkins, Savannah Jenkins, Mandy Stokes, John Stokes.
Mandy Stokes team – From left, Kevin Jenkins, Parker Jenkins, Savannah Jenkins, Mandy Stokes, John Stokes.
Alabama Black Belt Adventures
Alabama Black Belt Adventures

Montgomery, AL -(AmmoLand.com)- Almost 100 people turned out for the unveiling of the world’s largest American alligator mount on May 22 at an event sponsored by the Alabama Black Belt Adventures Association at Montgomery’s Mann Wildlife Learning Museum.

The gator was taken in August 2014 by Mandy Stokes and members of her family and certified as the world record by the Safari Club International at 15 feet, 9 inches. Stokes, her husband, John, brother-in-law Kevin Jenkins and his children, Savannah and Parker, hauled in the 1,011.5-pound gator out of Mill Creek near Millers Ferry in Wilcox County.

Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources Commissioner N. Gunter Guy called the event a “celebration.”

“I see this today as a celebration,” he said. “It’s really a celebration of the American hunter and the hunters, anglers and outdoor recreationists who support our cause.”

The Stokes gator helped draw outstanding crowds to the museum at the Montgomery Zoo over the Memorial Day weekend. Watch for announcements on Facebook about where the gator will be exhibited. Check out the unveiling in the AL.com video above.

About Alabama Black Belt Adventures Association

The Alabama Black Belt Adventures Association is committed to promoting and enhancing outdoor recreation and tourism opportunities in the Black Belt in a manner that provides economic and ecological benefits to the region and its citizens.

For information, go to www.alabamablackbeltadvantures.org.

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WTF! “… the world’s largest American alligator MOUNT … ” it might be, BUT, it certainly is NOT the world’s LARGEST alligator. In fact it is rather average size from my experience. I am from Florida. One of my classmates was eaten by a gator in Turkey Creek. He had gone down to the creek with his dog. They assumed the gator actually went for the dog, but, got Rice instead. There was a big search for Rice. My father rode horseback along Turkey Creek during that search. The authorities went in there and tried to “clean out” Turkey Creek.… Read more »