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Angler catches alligator gar, a first in Kansas

For the first time ever, the Kansas Department of Wildlife Parks & Tourism said an alligator...
For the first time ever, the Kansas Department of Wildlife Parks & Tourism said an alligator gar was captured in a Kansas river.(Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks & Tourism)
Published: Oct. 12, 2021 at 5:18 PM CDT
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WICHITA, Kan. (KWCH) - It’s something that’s never been caught in Kansas until now. One angler caught the 39.5-pound fish last month while fishing in the Neosho River east of Parsons.

Alligator gar are not native to Kansas and have never been documented here.

“Though not always common, Alligator Gar are distributed from southwestern Ohio and southeastern Missouri and Illinois, south to the Gulf of Mexico, and a small portion of northeastern Mexico. A predatory fish, Alligator Gar are sometimes referred to as “living fossils” since fossil records trace them back nearly 100 million years,” said Kansas Department of Wildlife & Parks Fisheries biologists.

Kansas Wildlife officials are now trying to figure out how the fish ended up in the Neosho River. One possibility is that it was once somebody’s pet and released into the river from an aquarium.

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