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Angler catches first alligator gar recorded in Kansas


October 13, 2021

PRATT, Kan. (AP) — Kansas fisheries officials are working to determine how a 39.5 pound alligator gar ended up in a state river.

The fisheries division of the Kansas Wildlife & Parks announced Tuesday that an angler pulled the gar last week from the Neosho River east of Parsons.

Alligator gar aren't native to Kansas and have never been documented here, the agency said.

Fisheries biologist Connor Ossowski said the experts are confident the fish was caught in the river and are now working to determine its origins.

The mostly likely scenario is that the alligator gar was released into the r...

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