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How to be on the look out for gators while hunting
Posted at 10:20 PM, Nov 10, 2019
and last updated 2019-11-10 22:20:06-05

FORT MYERS, Fla. — A hunting trip took a scary turn after a man crossed paths with an alligator this happened just to the east of us in martin county.

While on the hunt for hogs...James Boyce was bitten by what some describe as a ten foot alligator.

They say the gator bit Boyce's leg...sending him to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries..

The incident...not surprising to many hunters.

“You don't like it but you know things are going to happen every now and then, just like you're swimming out here in the lakes and stuff, or crossing a pond or a ditch and there's a gator in there and you get bit.",

Ray The Trapper agrees, he works with the Florida Wild Life Commission to relocate gators and says it comes down to...staying alert.

“Always to be aware of your surrounding no matter where you are ,out in the woods, a river canal, a boast basin, a gated community...any place that holds water, did have a gator, does have a gator or will have a gator”, said Ray Simenson.

Ray says just because you don’t see one...doesn’t mean it is not near. There are some warning signs ike footprints...or indentations from their tails.

“Or if its on the bank and the soil is wet they’re going to have a belly slide and especially more frequent, and you can actually see an indentation from their belly”, said Simenson

For more information...go to the Florida Wildlife Commission website.