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This is what it's like when your job is to catch alligators



MOBILE, Ala. (WPMI) - In one day an alligator can eat a fifth of its weight, which can be 150 pounds or more for the ferocious creatures.

When others flee for safety, Officer Kevin Hill flocks towards these gators for the citizens of Mobile, Alabama.

"The biggest one I've ever caught was a little over 12 feet, weighed over 500 something pounds," Hill said.

Capturing and relocating gators that pose a danger to families and pets is how Hill has made his living for the last 13 years.

His official title is a senior conservation enforcement officer. Unofficially, he's "that crazy gator guy."

"I don't just go out there with no plan and say, 'Okay, I'm going to try to catch this one' and hope for the best," he said. "There's a certain way we do it, a certain way we teach game wardens and so far, no one has been bit -- knock on wood."

Hill said the dangerous duty of hunting alligators is the best job in the world.

He typically tempts them with rancid chicken, then lassos and ropes in the baited alligator before re-locating them to another area.

Hill said the summer heat brings out the hot temper in alligators. From May to August, they can get up to 10 calls a day.

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