100-plus-pound alligator gar is fished out of Lafreniere Park lagoonUpdated 9:46 AM; Today 9:31 AM7
Gallery: Lafreniere Park alligator gar fish
Ducks, geese, squirrels and the occasional nutria make for common wildlife sightings in the bucolic 155-acre Lafreniere Park. This week, they were joined by an alligator garfish more than five feet long and weighing more than 100 pounds – a dead one, at that.
Park workers pulled the whopper from the Metairie park’s lagoon on Thursday (March 7) after sniffing its post-mortem aroma, said Samantha de Castro, spokeswoman for the Jefferson Parish government administration. How the torpedo-shaped fish arrived in the lagoon was not known, but it might have floated or swum in from the West Napoleon Avenue canal that feeds the waterbody.
“I hate to think somebody came over there and dumped it into the lagoon,” de Castro said.
She said four or five park workers needed about two hours to land the catch, in part because their rope kept getting caught and cut on its sharp teeth. They disposed of it in a big trash bin.
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