Cochran, who also happens to be the newly elected mayor of the nearby town of Livingston, is all but certain the toothy reptile she offed is the one behind the demise of her mini horse.
"We think this is the gator that ate one of our miniature horses several years ago, as big as this gator was, he could've easily eaten it," she told the Chronicle. "Typically the gators don't bother us, but we've been looking for (this one)."
To ensure the hunt was ethical, she first had some handlers catch the gator on a hook using a "seasoned" raccoon in her pond, before taking out her rifle and shooting. She's also made arrangements to ensure none of the beast goes to waste. A local taxidermist will process it to have the part of the tail and head mounted for her office, and she and her family will eat the meat. She also wants to have the belly hide tanned so they can make some boots out of it.
As for what she has to say to any other beast that dares lay a finger (or jaw) on her pets?
"Don't mess with Nana!" she said.
h/t Houston Chronicle