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Fla. man who lost hand charged with feeding gator

63-year-old airboat captain arrested for unlawful feeding

Collier County Sheriff's Office booking photo of Wallace Weatherholt
Collier County Sheriff's Office booking photo of Wallace Weatherholt

EVERGLADES CITY, Fla. – A Florida airboat captain whose hand was bitten off by a 9-foot alligator faces charges of feeding of a gator.

Collier County Jail records show 63-year-old Wallace Weatherholt was charged Friday with unlawful feeding of an alligator and later posted $1,000 bond.

His next court date is Aug. 22.

Weatherhold was attacked on June 12 as he was giving an Indiana family a tour of the Everglades.

The family said Weatherholt hung a fish over the side of the boat and had his hand at the water's surface when the alligator attacked.

Wildlife officers tracked and euthanized the gator. Weatherholt's hand was found but could not be reattached.

A criminal investigation followed.

Feeding alligators is a second-degree misdemeanor.