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Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks
1505 Eastover Drive, Jackson, MS, 39211
Phone: 601-432-2400

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

New Exhibit Features American Alligator and Record Breaking Alligator Gar

The Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks' Museum of Natural Science is proud to announce the installation of a new permanent exhibit featuring an alligator gar and an American alligator recently acquired by the Museum.  "Look up just before you reach the Pearl River Aquarium at the Museum to see the mounted specimens," invites Matt E. Roberts, Ph.D., Curator of Fishes.

Mississippi alligator gar were in the spotlight recently when commercial fisherman Kenny Williams caught the record breaking specimen in Chotard Lake in Issaquena County, which he later donated to the Museum.  This alligator gar, estimated to be at least 95 years of age, was 8 feet 5 inches long and weighed 327 pounds, the heaviest gar ever captured in Mississippi.  "Alligator gar are built like a combination of fish, alligator, and dinosaur," according to Nathan Aycock of the MDWFP's Fisheries Bureau.  

The Museum also recently acquired the more than 12-foot, 800-pound American alligator specimen.  This nuisance alligator was harvested at Eagle Lake in Warren County. 

To learn more about fishing and boating in Mississippi, visit our website at www.mdwfp.com or call us at (601) 432-2199. 

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