Sun Sentinel An alligator took a bite out of a 50-year-old duck hunter at the Holey Land Wildlife Management Area, in the Florida Everglades, Broward Sheriff Fire Rescue reported Friday. The Coral Springs man, Krit Krutchaiyan, 50, was brought about 2:10 p .m. from Holey Land to the Mile Marker 38 of U.S. 27, where he was airlifted by Broward Sheriff’s Office Air Rescue helicopter to Broward Health Medical Center. Fire Rescue officials reported it was a flesh wound to the left thigh and not life threatening. Krutchaiyan was apparently wading waist-deep in the swamp when he spotted a log, fire rescue spokesman Mike Jachles said. “He went to kick the log and the log was an alligator,” described as eight to ten feet long, Jachles said. Krutchaiyan applied a tourniquet to himself while he was screaming for help, Jachles said. He was treated by an off-duty firefighter who were nearby, who brought him to U.S. 27, he said. “That man was very lucky that bite wasn’t more severe,” Jachles said. “I guess the biggest concern would be the potential for infection with an open wound like that,” Jachles said. “It was a pretty good bite to the thigh, but it didn’t look like it severed the muscle.” Roberto Gautier of Davie was with Krutchaiyan at the time and said they have been duck hunting regularly without incident. He was shocked at what transpired Friday. “I was walking behind his kayak and I saw his reaction, saying, ‘Oh my God. You’ve bitten me,” Gautier said. “When I saw him, he was trying to get away from the alligator. I pushed the kayak toward the alligator to serve as a shield.” Gautier said his friend is “doing fine” at the hospital. “In a way, it was really scary because you know you’re in the alligators’ environment, you know they’re all over, but they tend to go away when they see humans because they don’t associate us with food.” Gautier said. He compared it to a SCUBA diver spotting a shark. Most of the time, they never bother divers, he said. Holey Land in western Broward County is managed by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, which will be investigating the incident. “It’s a very rare occurrence that a thing like this happens for us,” Commission spokeswoman Carol Lyn Parrish said. It’s the second recent bite in Broward County. In August, Kimberly Anne Sexton of St. Cloud had her hand almost entirely bitten off at the wrist by a 6 1/2-foot alligator in the Everglades west of Coral Springs. Sexton, 49, was trying to pick up an empty soda can that had rolled off the dock at the Willard Fish Camp when the alligator chomped down on her hand from underneath the dock. A trapper later found and euthanized the alligator.
First piece of advice, do not go wading through swamps in Florida under any circumstance, especially in the Everglades, which are known to have an extremely dense population of Florida’s apex predator the American alligator. If you choose to ignore the first piece of advise, and are trudging through a deep Florida swamp when you stumble across a log, do not kick the log. You cannot blame the alligator in this attack, duck hunter Krit Krutchaiyan kicked what he thought was a lot in the Florida Everglades, but as it turned out he was provoking an alligator. The alligator was just being an alligator, it defended itself, and Krit Krutchaiyan got a chunk bitten out of his thigh. Memo to all other humans, let’s stay out of dangerous swamps, of you spend your free time stumbling through areas where apex predators live you cannot act surprised when one of them bites a chunk out of your leg.
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