Duck hunter in the Everglades. Gator in his turf. Guess what happens next?
The alligator bit the still unidentified 50-year-old duck hunter on the left thigh in the Florida Everglades while he was hunting Friday afternoon.
“He was walking through the area when he bumped into an 8- to 10-foot alligator and must have startled him,” said Mike Jachles, spokesman for Broward Sheriff Fire Rescue. “The gator bit him in the left side, was mostly a flesh wound and didn’t seem to go to muscle tissue or bone — so he was lucky in that regard.”
The man, from Coral Springs, was hunting ducks in the Holey Land Wildlife Management Area, in western Broward County. After he was bitten, an off-duty firefighter helped treat him and got him to the median of Mile Marker 38 of U.S. 27. He was met there by a rescue team from Broward Sheriff Office and airlifted by helicopter to Broward Medical Center.
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Holey Land is managed by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, which is investigating the incident.
No word on whether the hunter bagged any ducks.
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