When a fisherman pulled in his line, he knew he had ‘something weird’: A 40-pound alligator gar

Fisherman Butch Smith holds up a 4½- -foot, nearly 40-pound alligator gar. It’s the first time this fish has been reported in Kansas. (Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks)

When fisherman Butch Smith pulled his line up from the Neosho River in Kansas one day last month, he wasn't quite sure what he was looking at. It was a 4½-foot, nearly 40-pound fish. The alligator gar had never before been documented in the state.

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