360-pound gator caught after chasing kayaker

KAYAK ADVENTURES

AUGUSTA, Ga. (WRDW/WAGT) — Imagine being in a kayak while fishing when a 360-pound alligator starts swimming after you. It happened Monday to a kayaker off of Gordon Highway.

Storey was practicing for a bass fishing tournament when he spotted the gator getting closer. In that moment, all that came to his mind was paddle.

“I just paddled and paddled, it came within probably 5 feet of the back of my kayak like up on a plane surging, coming at me and I just non stop paddled til I got to my truck,” Storey said.

Storey escaped, not knowing hours later the gator would be caught by Robby Amerson, his friend, and Richmond County deputies.

Georgia DNR says the gator was removed legally. As for hunting alligators, you hunt them in private ponds if the owner gives you permission and in public waters.

Some of you may ask why they killed the gator instead of just moving it. This gator was deemed a nuisance, meaning it was not afraid of people anymore. Since the vet had a gator hunting tag, he was authorized to kill this gator.