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Sun Jul 29, 2012, 07:50 PM

Airboat captain loses hand to gator, faces feeding charge

EVERGLADES CITY, Fla. (AP) --
A Florida airboat captain whose hand was bit off by a 9-foot alligator faces charges of feeding of a gator.

Collier County Jail records show 63-year-old Wallace Weatherholt was charged Friday with unlawful feeding of an alligator and later posted $1,000 bond. His next court date is Aug. 22.

Weatherholt was attacked on June 12th as he was giving an Indiana family a tour of the Everglades. The family said Weatherholt hung a fish over the side of the boat and had his hand at the water's surface when the alligator attacked.

Wildlife officers tracked and euthanized the gator. Weatherholt's hand was found but could not be reattached.
A criminal investigation followed. Feeding alligators is a second-degree misdemeanor.

The arrest was first reported by the Fort Myers News-Press.


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Tony_FLADEM Jul 2012 OP
Scootaloo Jul 2012 #1
liberal N proud Jul 2012 #2
Tony_FLADEM Jul 2012 #3
liberal N proud Jul 2012 #4
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Response to Tony_FLADEM (Original post)

Sun Jul 29, 2012, 07:54 PM

1. Poor alligator

Killed because of some dumbfuck going "hey y'all watch this!"

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Response to Tony_FLADEM (Original post)

Sun Jul 29, 2012, 07:55 PM

2. It was not because he fed the gator his hand.

Why did they kill the gator?

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Response to liberal N proud (Reply #2)

Sun Jul 29, 2012, 07:58 PM

3. I'm pretty sure it was because the alligator bit his hand off.

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Response to Tony_FLADEM (Reply #3)

Sun Jul 29, 2012, 08:00 PM

4. It's not the gators fault.

We have stop blaming wild life for our encroachment in to their area.

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Response to Tony_FLADEM (Reply #3)

Sun Jul 29, 2012, 08:05 PM

5. just saw on local news... he was dangling a fish trying to entice the gator

it took the fish and his hand, per the news report

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