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Texas Grandma Kills 12-Foot Alligator to Avenge Pet Miniature Horse

Animal lovers may have some serious mixed feelings about this story, but everyone can enjoy hearing about a badass grandma who is also a mayor.

Years ago, a Texas grandmother's pet miniature horse vanished, and she long suspected that a particularly large alligator was the culprit.

Now, the grandmother — who is also her town's mayor — has exacted revenge by luring and killing a 12 foot alligator.

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Judy Cochran only needed to fire a single shot to end the life of the 12-foot-long, 580 pound alligator on her ranch in Goodrich, Texas.

Cochran explains that this was no random alligator killing — it was personal.

"We think this is the gator that ate one of our miniature horses several years ago," Cochran explains.

"As big as this gator was," she says. "He could've easily eaten it."

She may have only needed one bullet to do the deed, but the preparation actually took a lot more doing.

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Texas has its reputation, but it isn't The Purge. Or Florida. They have laws.

Cochran explains that Polk County, where she lives, allows only a narrow window for anyone wishing to hunt an alligator.

Sunday, September 16, falls within the September 10 – 20 window.

Additionally, she had to obtain a permit and the appropriate tags. Additionally, Texas law requires someone intending to shoot an alligator to first capture their intended victim on a hook.

Cochran did just that. As she explains: "We don't just go to the ranch and hunt a gator."

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This year, Cochran became the mayor of the nearby town of Livingston.

She was in a meeting when her son-in-law informed her that she needed to head home, because the alligator had been snared.

They had tried a number of baits, including a pig's liver. What finally worked was a seasoned raccoon carcass.

She couldn't just abandon her job, so she finished work and then headed to the ranch where she fired the shot that ended the hooked alligator's life.

Cochran fired the shot using her Winchester .22 Magnum.

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She plans to mount the alligator head in her office.

The rest will not go to waste, as she plans to enjoy the alligator's meat for food and the hide for boots.

It is worth noting that she slew this alligator at the same spot where, nine years ago, her then-5-year-old grandson slew a slightly larger gator.

He achieved a measure of viral fame at the time, even appearing on talk shows.

it is expected that Cochran, who recently became a great-grandmother, will do the same. But she may be too busy being mayor.

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Obviously, there are issues with this story that make it controversial.

It sounds like alligators eating the miniature horse was just a theory, and even if so, difficult to pin on this particular alligator.

it is also, well, strange for anyone to seek revenge on an alligator.

A lot of people find it alarming that anyone is letting a 5-year-old hold a gun, let alone use one to kill something for fun.

Finally, some people are just surprised that this story didn't take place in Florida.

Texas grandma kills 12 foot alligator to avenge pet miniature ho
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Ree Drummond Accused of Supporting Wild Horse Slaughter

Even if you’ve never watched Ree Drummond’s Pioneer Woman, you’ve probably seen her on The View or the Today Show or Good Morning America.

Cooking show hosts usually aren’t that controversial. Some are funny, some are hot, some are gay icons, some become memes.

Ree Drummond, however, is no stranger to being divisive. This time, she’s accused of supporting a mass horse slaughter.

Ree Drummond runs a blog titled Pioneer Woman, and it’s all about cooking for her family.

They live on a ranch in Oklahoma where her young children are homeschooled, so that’s the general vibe that she has going for her.

Ree has a cooking show, Pioneer Woman.

Of course, Ree Drummond has been accused of racism in the past.

At one point, she joked about having confused having a tan with being black.

Another time, she pulls “Asian hot wings” out of the oven as a game day snack, and members of her crew protest that they don’t “trust” the wings.

(To be clear: there are a lot of Asian and Asian-inspired wing sauce flavors; someone claiming to dislike or mistrust them might be xenophobic and definitely has bad taste, but that particular instance wasn’t necessarily racist)

This time, however, Ree Drummond stands accused of something very different.

Earlier this month, she traveled to Arizona and spoke at the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association’s trade show, writing on Facebook:

“The irony of me speaking to 3,500 cattlemen and cattlewomen was not lost on me, and it was an honor to speak about how much I’ve enjoyed sharing glimpses of ranch life on my blog, TV show, and social media for the past twelve (!) years.”

She received the Distinguished Service Award at the event.

But now she’s being slammed for partnering with an organization that allegedly supports the mass slaughter of Federally protected wild horses.

As reported by RadarOnline, Director of Wild Horse Affairs for the Wild Horse Freedom Federation, Debbie Coffey, writes:

“For many years, the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association has been pushing for the slaughter of America’s wild horses & burros, and their organization was listed on the Steering Committee of the secretive ‘Slaughter Summit’ held in Utah in 2017”

Coffey effectively accuses Ree Drummond of hypocrisy, of using horse motifs as part of her branding.

Furthermore, it looks like she believes that the Drummonds are making money from both sides of the wild horse issue.

“All the while, Drummond Land & Cattle Co., co-owned by Ree’s husband, La​dd Drummond, has been paid over $ 20 million in taxpayer dollars to warehouse captured wild horses on his private property.”

Coffey says: “Talk about buttering your bread on both sides.”

For those who aren’t steeped in the culture of … well, pretty much anything with hooves … the “Horse Slaughter Summit” in Utah was an invitation-only event for groups and individuals who believe that, well, wild horse populations need to be culled.

Wild horses are federally protected (animals who aren’t federally protected often run the risk of being hunted to extinction, for food or hides or for sport or simply because humans with guns find them inconvenient).

You’d think that a “horse slaughter” summit, which is emphatically not what they called it, would be about normalizing horse meat in the American diet or something.

(Eating horse is almost taboo, even though unlike dogs, cats, and humans, horses are rarely family members or part of society; this is inherited from British culture)

But this was actually about certain people feeling that the rangelands cannot sustain growing horse populations, and that some should be “humanely euthanized.”

We don’t know the true motives of everyone at the summit — some of them, at least, were certainly looking after their own financial interests. Wild horses can be inconvenient to some ranchers.

But no one is accusing Ree Drummond herself of having been there.

All that she did was address a cattle industry group. It absolutely fits her brand and we don’t see anything particularly sinister or hypocritical about her actions.

In fact, if her husband makes money off of wild horses being alive, doesn’t that — if anything — give her motive to want more wild horses around?

Just a thought.

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