Hunters have caught and killed a 15ft alligator that was eating cows.

The 800lb (363kg) creature was fatally shot in Okeechobee, Florida, after terrorising cattle on a farm.

Lee Lightsey, the owner of Outwest Farms in Okeechobee, and hunting guide, Blake Godwin, discovered the enormous animal in their cattle ponds on April 2 (local time).

They believed the gator had been feasting on the farm's cattle.

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Godwin told Fox 13: "We also discovered the remains what we determined to be cattle in the water. We determined that he was in fact attacking our livestock as they came to drink."

On Saturday the creature surfaced around 20ft from them, so they shot it.

It was so big they had to use a tractor to drag it out. However, they were then able to use the vehicle to proudly show off their catch.

They plan to donate the gator's meat to charity and have the alligator taxidermied for display at their hunting shows and expos.

-Daily Mail