Man bitten by gator after mistaking it for dead

File photo of an alligator. Image AP.

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) – A central Florida man was bit by an alligator after mistaking it for dead.

Orlando television station WESH reported Sunday that 41-year-old Bryan Rohm was bit on the thumb and taken to Orlando Regional Medical Center for treatment.

The Lake County Sheriff’s Office said 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 the alligator in the boat.

The alligator then jumped back into the water.

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