The Daily Inter Lake: "Boys reel in 5-foot, 60-pound alligator in Kalispell pond
Some birthdays stand out as exceptionally memorable; 16 and 21 usually make the list.
Josh Bryant will never forget his 11th birthday, when he came nose to snout with a 5-foot alligator in Kalispell.
On Monday afternoon, Josh and his mother, Lynn, were trying out the new fishing pole she’d given him for his birthday. The Shady Lane fishing pond near the old Steel Bridge, where he spends three or four days a week during the summer, seemed the perfect place to test the rod.
It was about 4 p.m. when Lynn Bryant spotted something swimming toward them.
“I thought it was a muskrat,” she said.
Then she took a closer look. Muskrats didn’t swim with just their eyes and back ridges sticking out of the water."