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Alligator w/Deer in Mouth on Cross Lake - Analysis

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Comments: The preceding photos, which show a 12 to 14-foot-long alligator swimming off with a full-grown deer between its teeth, are authentic, according to a press release from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. They were taken by district fire management officer Terri Jenkins on March 4, 2004.

The accompanying text is false, however. The photos weren't taken at Cross Lake, Louisiana. Jenkins says she was about 40 miles south of Savannah, Georgia, on her way to start a prescribed fire at Harris Neck National Wildlife Refuge, when she spotted the gator making off with its lunch from her helicopter (which does not belong to KTBS-TV in Shreveport, by the way).

A June 2004 variant of the email, equally false, states that the photographs were taken by an officer of the Texas Forest Service on assignment at a game refuge in South Carolina.

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Sources and further reading:

Alligator Takes Deer to Lunch in South Georgia
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service press release, 23 August 2004

Legend of the Deer-Eating Gator in Shreveport
KTBS-TV, Shreveport, Louisiana, 27 August 2004

Last updated: 08/28/04

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