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Woman’s killing of 1,025 lb alligator Internet hit

(NewsCore) – A South Carolina woman’s killing of a massive alligator — which weighed in at 1025lb and more than 13 feet in length — created a global sensation Sunday as photographs and video of the dead gator became online hits.

In particular the size contrast between the gator and the hunter — Massachusetts resident Mary Ellen Mara-Christian, 48 — was drawing comparison, with the laid-off bank marketing officer just 5ft 5in and 115lb.

Mara-Christian had obtained a permit for South Carolina’s month-long alligator hunting season. Permit rules specify that a hunter is only allowed to kill a single gator and the animal must be brought to the boat before it can be killed, with alligator hunting considered to be part fishing, part hunting.

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