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Alligator season Day 2: Record catches

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MADISON COUNTY, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

Mississippi alligator season is in its second day. Wildlife officials say the harvest is going well and the information that's being collected is important.

Conservation officers say they have gotten four alligators that were tagged at some point in their lives. One of them was tagged three miles from where it was caught Friday. Officials tell us it has grown 9-inches in two years. Researchers will use all of the data collected to determine migratory habits and growth patterns.

Meanwhile, wildlife officials say one alligator caught was 12-feet, seven and a half inches long. Another is a record weighing in at 690 pounds.

Officers say 13 alligators have been checked in at their weigh station at the Turcotte Education and Shooting Range in Madison County.

Officers say at least 10 other gators have been caught. Hunters are not required to take their bounty to the station, but they must register their catch within 48 hours and that can be done on the Internet.

The alligator season continues Saturday night, until 6 o'clock Sunday morning and next weekend the season continues from noon until 6 a.m. Friday and Saturday.

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