For nearly one-half century, people have given Alligator Gar a bad reputation as a “trash fish.” When people ask us “Why are you raising Alligator Gar at Natchitoches National Fish Hatchery?”, we try to explain how as the largest, native, freshwater predator in North American these fish are a possible means to control the populations of invasive species such as the Silver and Bighead Carp. We go on to explain how in the 1950’s Arkansas was known for the Alligator Gar fishing and people came from all over the country to catch a six to eight foot fish on a rod and reel. Nowadays, anglers from around the world are flocking to Texas to try their hand at catching an Alligator Gar to brag about. After addressing the biological and economic importance of Alligator Gar, people then ask, “Don’t they eat all the Bass, Bream, and Crappie that I’m trying to catch”? Being scientists, we refer to studies that have been done on Alligator Gar diets to answer this question. We tell our visitors that the studies show a higher percentage of the Alligator Gar’s diet are made up of Shad, Carp, Buffalo, and Catfish. The final question most folks ask is “Can you eat them?” My standard answer is this is Louisiana; we eat anything that doesn’t eat us first.