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Huntress on a boat slays 1,025-pound alligator

Some are outraged at a Massachusetts woman who became a news sensation after killing a 1,025-pound alligator this week in South Carolina.

Mary Ellen Mara-Christian, who stands 5-foot-5 and weighs about 115 pounds, killed a 13-foot, 6-inch alligator, estimated to be between 60-70 years old, during a hunting trip to South Carolina's Lake Moultrie, according to news reports.

The Associated Press reports it took two hours for Mara-Christian, her husband Mark and a local hunting guide to secure the alligator with rods and snares on the boat. They then shot it with a .22 caliber gun. But the 'gator proved hard to kill. To put the animal out, Mara-Christian severed its spinal cord with a knife.

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Click here for a story on the backlash the hunt has caused.