Charlie Shannon was walking his dog nearby and was able to get the biker out with the help of another man. He then used his dog leash as a tourniquet until help arrived. He said, “He had a lot of marks all over his leg, but mostly in the upper thigh. He was hanging from roots like five feet below, it was hard to get him out. ”
The 8-foot, 170-pound alligator was later caught by a trapper, John Davidson, who will bring it to a nearby farm. He said, “She was sitting 10 feet from the shore when I got there. This leads me to believe that she was a female and that she was sitting on a nest somewhere nearby. So we will try to save the babies if we can. This was the third gator he picked up on Monday and he explained that they are very aggressive this time of year. However, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission told WPTV that serious injuries from alligators are rare, and if someone encounters a nuisance gator, they should call 866-FWC-GATOR.
The man was airlifted to Lawnwood Regional Medical Center & Heart Institute and is believed to be seriously injured.