Anglers find dead alligator at Broken Bow Lake BY ED GODFREY, Outdoors Editor, firstname.lastname@example.org Published: April 21, 2010 Terry Walser of Edmond was crappie fishing with some friends Saturday on Broken Bow Lake when they came upon a startling discovery: a dead alligator. This 11-foot alligator was found dead by Terry Walser and some friends, who were fishing on Broken Bow lake. Photo provided by Terry Walser of Edmond State wildlife officials think the alligator — which had been shot twice in the side with a high-powered rifle — is the same one they have received numerous reports about for several years at the lake. Fishermen even reported two or three years ago that an alligator in the lake acted very aggressively toward them, said Mike Virgin, chief of law enforcement in southeastern Oklahoma for the Wildlife Department. "They said it looked bigger than a bass boat, hissing and acting like it was going to ram their boat,” Virgin said. "I bet this was the perpetrator.” The alligator found by Walser in the Otter Creek area of Broken Bow Lake appeared to have been dead a few days, Virgin said. It measured 11½ feet long. "That’s a big alligator,” he said. A small population of alligators live in far southeastern Oklahoma, but Broken Bow Lake is not a place where they are usually seen, Virgin said. The nearby Little River with its numerous sloughs, oxbow lakes and swampy bottom land has a habitat much more suitable for alligators, he said. "Alligators are not uncommon there,” Virgin said. Game wardens in far southeastern Oklahoma are sometimes called to remove alligators from local ponds, Virgin said. The alligators are usually relocated, but may be euthanized if they are deemed dangerous, he said. Five years ago, Virgin killed an 11½-foot alligator that weighed 500 pounds. The alligator was in an Eagletown rancher’s pond and was suspected of killing some calves.