Texas hunter says massive bullfrog weighs 13 pounds

By Ben Hooper   |   May 31, 2017 at 10:28 AM
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May 31 (UPI) -- A Texas hunter says he caught a massive 13-pound bullfrog, and while experts said his photos are real, they are a bit misleading.

The South Texas Hunting Association posted photos to its Facebook page that were provided by a hunter named Markcuz Rangel.

Rangel said the frog in the photos was caught in a pond on a Batesville-area ranch and weighed in at a staggering 13 pounds.

Many commenters called the authenticity of the photos into question, but Steve Lightfoot, spokesman for the Texas Parks & Wildlife Department, said the pictures appear to be genuine, if somewhat misleading.

"It's not as bigly as it appears," Lightfoot told the Houston Chonicle. "[It's an] optical illusion created by extending [the] frog toward the camera -- similar to what you see with fishermen holding up fish to make them appear larger. Still a big bullfrog, though."

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