Fla. man charged with crime after alligator rips his hand off

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A Florida man whose hand was chomped off by an alligator last month now faces a criminal charge stemming from the incident.

Wallace Weatherholt, 63, was charged Friday with unlawful feeding of an alligator, Collier County records show.

The alligator attacked Weatherholt as he was giving a tour of the Everglades to an Indiana family in June, CBS Tampa reported.

The family told CBS that Weatherholt set a fish over the side of the boat and placed his hand near surface of the water prior to the attack.

Wildlife officers then hunted the gator down and killed it. Weatherholt’s hand was recovered, but could not be reattached.

Weatherholt is due in court next month to respond to the second-degree misdemeanor charge.