Jones County trappers catch 740-pound gator

Jones County trappers catch 740-pound gator
photo credit: WDAM
photo credit: WDAM

JONES COUNTY, MS (WDAM) - A Jones County family business traps nuisance animals that people are scared of like snakes, bats and even alligators.

Trapper Wayne's nuisance animal control made its biggest catch yet, an alligator that weighed over 700 pounds.

The alligator was living in a private lagoon in Laurel and was removed on June 30. It was over 13 feet long and weighed 740 pounds. Wayne, an alligator trapper, said he had to put the alligator down because it was too big to relocate.

"I said man, this beats everything I've ever seen," Wayne said. "I can't wait to get it on the bank."

Trapper Wayne traps alligators and other nuisance animals for a living and has done this for about 35 years. He is also one of the 25 people in the state that can legally trap alligators.

"I still get a kick out of going out and getting them," Wayne said

To get this huge gator out of the water, Wayne used his gator fishing line, bait, truck and son Bo Parker to help out.

Even for an expert like Wayne, this wasn't an easy task.

"The alligator don't take nothing off of nobody," Wayne said. "He does what he wants to do."

His son shares his same passion and has followed him in his footsteps.

"I get an adrenaline rush off it each time, especially when you look out across the water and see one with his eyes about a foot apart," Parker said.

However, not anyone can trap gators because it is illegal, and a person could get fined up to $10,000.