FARMINGTON, Wis. (AP) — Ed Long thought he was shooting at a snapping turtle but got a surprise when he pulled his trophy from the Milwaukee River: a 4-foot-long alligator.

Long had been in the river Saturday hunting for ducks.

"At first, I thought it was a turtle tail," he said. "Then it turned and came back at me. I seen the eyes come out of the water, but my brain didn't click. This is Wisconsin. There's not supposed to be gators in Wisconsin."

When the reptile submerged again, Long fired and stunned it. He called to his cousin, who prodded the 25-pound animal with a stick and then ran when it moved.

Long and his cousin decided to "bring it back dead or alive, and more likely dead."