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Bo Storey was kayaking down a river in Augusta, Georgia practicing for a fishing tournament when he noticed a 360-pound alligator aggressively swimming towards him. As soon as Bo saw it he started paddling as fast as he could to get away but it was swimming almost as fast as Bo.
“I was just going down the bank fishing and all of a sudden about 10 feet away I seen the big gator,” Bo told WRDW-TV. “I just paddled and paddled. It came within probably five feet of the back of my kayak, like up on a plane surging, coming at me, and I just nonstop paddled ’til I got to my truck.”
After he got in his truck he left but someone witnessed what happened and called the police and reported the gator chasing Bo. The Richmond Country Sheriff deputies pulled up to the scene to attempt to capture it and wrestled with it for over three hours until Robbie Amerson, a man who was driving by noticed them and called his friend Tray to help catch it.
“We just happened to come down the road, and we saw the officers there, so we pulled over and we started talking to them,” he told WRDW, noting later on Facebook that it was a “sure enough dinosaur.”
After Tray showed up they were finally able to capture the 10-foot, 6-inch alligator that weighed over 360 pounds. Since the gator was deemed a nuisance by chasing humans they had to put it down and Tray was legally permitted to do so from the Georgia Department of Natural Resources.
It wasn’t until the gator was captured that Tray and Robbie found out that the person it was chasing on the kayak was their friend Bo. According to Newsweek there are between 200,000 to 250,000 gators in Georgia and about 450 of them are trapped and removed each year.
Watch the News Report video below that covered the story.