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Four-foot alligator found dead in Henrietta-area bottoms

The alligator, presumably a former pet, measured 44 inches long. It was found dead by a fisherman in the Henrietta-Hardin bottoms. (Photo by Russ Green/Richmond News)

The alligator, presumably a former pet, measured 44 inches long. It was found dead by a fisherman in the Henrietta-Hardin bottoms. (Photo by Russ Green/Richmond News)

By Russ Green/Richmond News

Ervin Franklin was spending an unusually warm January Saturday afternoon fishing when he came upon a rare site. Franklin spotted an alligator that later was measured at 44 inches long.

“I just found it laying on the bank of a washout hole created by the ’93 flood,” Franklin said. “It was dead.”

Franklin was fishing in the Henrietta bottoms near the Missouri River bridge when he found the gator. He said he didn’t know how long it had been there.

“There wasn’t much decomposition,” Franklin said. “Just a little under the chin. I would’ve thought that a wild animal might have gotten to it if it had been there very long.”

Missouri Conservation Agent Tammy Pierson estimated that the gator probably weighed about 30 pounds and said it probably died from exposure to the cold weather.

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