Fla. man bitten after mistaking gator for dead

Posted at 5:27 AM, May 09, 2016
and last updated 2016-05-09 05:43:42-04

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) -- A central Florida man was bitten 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.