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Florida Man Arrested After Alligator Bites Off His Hand

Wallace Weatherholt. Photo courtesy of Collier County Sheriff’s Office

Let’s give authorities in Collier County, Florida, a hand for filing charges against a guy with (deservedly) only one. I’m talking, of course, about Wallace Weatherholt, who lost a hand to an alligator back in June.

Mr. Weatherholt, an airboat captain working for the Everglades City, Florida-based Captain Doug’s Everglades Tours, was “essentially baiting the alligator into a photo-op,” as I wrote at the time, when the creature bit the hand that fed him and was executed for doing so.

I opined in my June 14 commentary that “Florida wildlife officials should be ashamed of their punitive reaction to (the) incident. Claims that the alligator had to die for his or her transgression — and in the interest of public safety — or because wildlife officials were desperate to recover Mr. Weatherholt’s appendage are as convenient as they are unsophisticated.”

The alligator, of course, was just being an alligator. And unfortunately, Mr. Weatherholt was just being his usual, reckless self.

Collier County Sheriff’s Office records indicate that Mr. Weatherholt was charged on July 27 with violating a state law that prohibits feeding alligators.

If convicted of what amounts to a second-degree misdemeanor, Mr. Weatherholt could be sentenced to serve up to 60 days in prison and fined up to $500 — a slap on the (other) hand, as far as I’m concerned, given that the alligator he baited was summarily executed.

This is not the first time Mr. Weatherholt’s recklessness has landed him in a courtroom.

Court records indicate that Mr. Weatherholt was charged in October 2011 with causing some sort of boating accident. In November 1995, he was charged with using a gun while under the influence of drugs or alcohol. In both cases, Mr. Weatherholt received little more punishment for his reckless behavior than a slap on the wrist (of which he had two).

Clearly, Mr. Weatherholt is a danger to himself, to society, and to all the species who could potentially come into contact with him. He’s already caused the death of one alligator, and as long as he’s still got one good hand, no creature great or small is safe.

Mr. Weatherholt needs to be thrown in some dank dungeon somewhere deep in the Florida Everglades and left there for all eternity to count (on one hand, anyway) his blessings. One-handed or not, the bastard is alive. And for that he should be forever grateful.

It was he who bit the hand that fed him. And that’s bad fucking karma.


  1. Don wrote:

    If my boyfriend beat me with the corpse of my dead dog, one of us would not leave the room alive. What a complete and utter POS.

    Friday, August 10, 2012 at 4:57 pm | Permalink
  2. David Brensilver wrote:


    Thanks for bringing this to my attention. I’ll certainly have something to say about it in the coming days.


    Sunday, August 12, 2012 at 12:37 pm | Permalink

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