In Everglades City, Florida, 63-year-old Wallace Weatherholt, whose hand was bitten off by an alligator, was charged by authorities with “unlawful feeding” (video below).
Weatherholt was jailed over the weekend and released on $1,000 bond. The Everglades guide is due back in court on August 22, reports WBBH-TV.
According to First Coast News, Weatherholt, who works for Captain Doug's Everglades Tours, was giving a family a swamp tour on June 12 when the attack took place.
Weatherholt dangled a fish over the water to lure a 9-foot alligator closer to his boat. The alligator lunged and took the fish, as well as Weatherholt’s hand.
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The alligator was later tracked down and killed by Florida Fish and Wildlife officials.
Weatherholt’s hand was recovered from the alligator's stomach, but it could not be reattached to his arm.
Feeding alligators is a second-degree misdemeanor in Florida because of alligators' tendency to become aggressive.
The crime is punishable by a $500 fine and possible jail time.