Fla boat captain charged with feeding alligator when loses hand

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    It's alleged that he deliberately fed the alligator when he hung a fish over the side. An alligator took his hand off at the wrist. His hand was later retrieved from the stomach of the gator but couldn't be reattached.

    Feeding alligators is a second-degree misdemeanor, punishable with $500 fine and possible jail time. Feeding them is discouraged because it results in them losing their fear of humans and approaching them or boats for food.

    The possiblity of that change of behavior in that particular alligator is moot since it is now dead. The boat captain, 63 year old Wallace Weatherholt has a court date August 22.

    Everglades airboat captain who lost hand to alligator faces charges | The News-Press | news-press.com
     
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    Thankfully.
     
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    He won't be feeding anymore gators. At least not with that hand.
     
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    I think the charges should be dropped. He lost a hand, for heavens sake, he has been punished enough, he certainly won't be feeding alligators anymore.
     
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    Yeah I think this should be filled under "time served", or "let that be a lesson to you" etc..
     
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    Oh too funny. My parents used to feed (and everyone bear with me now it was the 70's after all) marshmallows with others in their winter campground.

    I was just a teen when I'm sitting in the trailer and all of a sudden out of the blue everyone starts yelling the "Leroy Brown was back in town" and my mom screams at me "grab the marshmallows". Benny aka Cinnamon Saints Ben Beau boston terrier loses it goes across me on the kitchen table and my parents start firing marshmallows out the freaking window.

    Any body else ever seen the gator feeding station? Or been on the boats?
     
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    Yeah "whoopsies, that'll learn ya" comes to mind.
     
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    he will never dance with rosie's sisters again.......
     
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    We live in a litigation world. By issuing a summons for illegally feeding the thing the municipality dodged a lawsuit.
     
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    It will be interesting to see how it plays out in the end. I expect that the judge will dismiss the fine or reduce it, if he has that option, and certainly will not impose any jail time. He could say the evidence isn't great enough to pass judgment and dismiss all charges, with time spent working through the system being sufficient as a deterrent.
     

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