I don't know the origin of this nor if its true or not but it was an email sent to me by a friend and I thought it was interesting enough to share. Makes you want to rethink swimming. (about 50 miles north of Houston) That has to be a HUGE gator to have a whole deer in its mouth! Are you ready to go skiing on Lake Conroe? If you ski at the West end of the lake -- try not to fall. This alligator was found between Athens and Palestine, Texas near a house. Game wardens were forced to shoot the alligator---guess he wouldn't cooperate... A couple could hear the bellowing in the night. Their neighbors had been telling them that they had seen a mammoth alligator in the waterway that runs behind their house, but they dismissed the stories as exaggerations. "I didn't believe it," the husband said. Friday they realized the stories were, if anything, understated. Texas Parks and Wildlife game wardens had to shoot the beast, This 6'5" tall, a game warden with the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department, walks past a 23-foot, 1-inch alligator that he shot and killed in their back yard. I think that the TexasGame and Wildlife wardens made a huge mistake when they shot this beast. With a little planning they easily could have transplanted it to the Rio Grande River Now that should have cut down on the illegal migration just a tad!!