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Gator thought to be dead bites man's hand

Posted at 12:41 PM, May 09, 2016
and last updated 2016-05-09 12:41:41-04

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) - Authorities say a Florida man was bitten by an alligator after he mistook it for dead.

Orlando television station WESH (http://bit.ly/1Oj7aXa ) reported Sunday that 41-year-old Bryan Rohm was bitten on the thumb and taken to Orlando Regional Medical Center for treatment.

The Lake County Sheriff's Office says 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 it in the boat.

The alligator then jumped back into the water.

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Information from: WESH-TV, http://www.wesh.com/index.html

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