Gator thought to be dead takes chomp out of man’s thumb

Published: Updated:

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) – A central Florida man was bit by an alligator after mistaking it for dead.

Orlando television station WESH reported Sunday that 41-year-old Bryan Rohm was bit on the thumb and taken to Orlando Regional Medical Center for treatment.

The Lake County Sheriff’s Office said Rohm and his son were on a boat Saturday and had a permit to hunt alligators. They shot an alligator twice with a specialized firearm known as a “bang stick” and thought it was dead.

But the alligator bit Rohm as he tried to get the alligator in the boat.

The alligator then jumped back into the water.

Copyright ©2023 Fort Myers Broadcasting. All rights reserved.

This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed without prior written consent.