Fishermen hook 4-ft, 100 lb. alligator snapping turtle in SE Okla. river

Credit: Oklahoma Game Wardens

McCURTAIN COUNTY, Okla. (KXII) - Two Southeast Oklahoma fishermen hooked more than they bargained for over the weekend.

Game wardens tell us Jonathan Van Fleet and Anthony Dover were running a trot line in the Little River when they hooked this 4-foot long, nearly 100 pound alligator snapping turtle.

The two men got the turtle loose, bravely removed the hook from its mouth, and called a game warden.

That warden reported the monster appeared to be in good health and was returned to the Little River.

Wardens remind it's against the law to take an alligator snapping turtle in Oklahoma.

They say a bite from a turtle this size can easily remove a finger or even your hand.