06/04/2016 10:33 BST

'Monster 300kg Alligator' Is Shot in Florida After Treating Farm's Livestock As A Buffet

'It was a monster which needed to be removed.'

A hunter in the US has told how he shot a 4.5m long, 300kg alligator, that was treating his farm's livestock as a buffet.

Florida hunter Lee Lightsey said the reptile was one of the biggest he has come across in 18 years and required a tractor to move. 

A picture of Lightsey's son, Mason, standing next to the alligator, as it is hoisted in the air, reveals just how massive the beast truly is. 

Lightsey and hunting guide Blake Godwin discovered the alligator in a cattle pound while supervising a guided "gator hunt" hunt on Saturday.

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Lee Lightsey's son Mason stands next to the 300kg, 4.5m long alligator that was shot in Florida

Lightsey told the BBC how the alligator surfaced about 6m away from them when they shot it.

He said he was not surprised by its size: "Although this animal is huge I was not that surprised it existed."

Lightsey said the hunters had come across lots of alligators that were only "a little smaller" over the past two decades. The largest alligator previously killed was just over 4m long.

"But what really drew our attention to this animal was the fact that it seems to have been feasting on the cattle on my farm, because mutilated body parts were found in the water. It was a monster which needed to be removed," he told the broadcaster. 

Lightsey's company arranges hunts for alligators, wild boar and turkey on the farm he owns for hunting trips

Lightsey plans to get the alligator stuffed while the meat will be donated to charity.

Earlier this month the Huffington Post UK wrote about a Florida woman who was banned from keeping her potty-trained, quad-biking riding alligator 'Rambo' as he had grown too big