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

Associated Press

Orlando, Fla. — Authorities say a Florida man was bitten by an alligator after he mistook it for dead.

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

The Lake County Sheriff’s Office says 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 it in the boat.

The alligator then jumped back into the water.