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Fla. man who lost hand charged with feeding gator
Associated Press ^ | July 29, 2012

Posted on 07/29/2012 11:32:22 AM PDT by Free ThinkerNY

EVERGLADES CITY, Fla. (AP) -- A Florida airboat captain whose hand was bitten off by a 9-foot alligator faces charges of feeding of the animal.

Collier County Jail records show 63-year-old Wallace Weatherholt was charged Friday with unlawful feeding of an alligator and later posted $1,000 bond. His next court date is Aug. 22.

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TOPICS: Outdoors
KEYWORDS: ouch; wildlife

1 posted on 07/29/2012 11:32:27 AM PDT by Free ThinkerNY
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To: Free ThinkerNY

Stooopid should hurt.


2 posted on 07/29/2012 11:36:30 AM PDT by null and void (Day 1286 of our ObamaVacation from reality - Heroes aren't made Frank, they're cornered...)
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To: Free ThinkerNY

named him after a Man of the Cloth, called him Amos Moses...


3 posted on 07/29/2012 11:37:42 AM PDT by null and void (Day 1286 of our ObamaVacation from reality - Heroes aren't made Frank, they're cornered...)
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To: Free ThinkerNY

Good grief. There are some offenses that contain their own punishment. Obviously this was one. For the government to step in with charges and a fine is merely about greed.


4 posted on 07/29/2012 11:37:52 AM PDT by newheart (At what point does policy become treason?)
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To: Free ThinkerNY

This is a fair and reasonable charge, if he was feeding it. We don’t need 1,000 lb gators to think they can saddle up beside people because people have food.

Sorry he lost his hand, but it’s not the within the sphere of the law to give consideration to given consequences as proper punishment.


5 posted on 07/29/2012 11:39:42 AM PDT by Jonty30 (What Islam and secularism have in common is that they are both death cults.)
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To: Free ThinkerNY
unlawful feeding of an alligator

Note to self ... do not feed your hand to alligators ... it's against the law.

6 posted on 07/29/2012 11:39:46 AM PDT by layman (Card Carrying Infidel)
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To: Free ThinkerNY

Are they charging him because he fed his hand to the aligator? Or are they charging him because he was feeding something else to the alligator when his hand was bit off?


7 posted on 07/29/2012 11:39:49 AM PDT by mamelukesabre
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To: Free ThinkerNY

If it is against the law to feed an aligator, why did they have to hunt it down and kill it????


8 posted on 07/29/2012 11:41:15 AM PDT by cubreporter
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To: Free ThinkerNY

If it is against the law to feed an aligator, why did they have to hunt it down and kill it????


9 posted on 07/29/2012 11:41:15 AM PDT by cubreporter
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To: Free ThinkerNY
Collier County Jail records show 63-year-old Wallace Weatherholt was charged Friday with unlawful feeding of an alligator and later posted $1,000 bond.

Hasn't he paid enough for his stupidity?

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10 posted on 07/29/2012 11:41:35 AM PDT by EGPWS (Trust in God, question everyone else)
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To: Free ThinkerNY

Always sorry to read about an animal hunted down and killed for simply doing what it’s supposed to be doing in it’s own territory. Too bad the man lost his hand, but he should have known better.


11 posted on 07/29/2012 11:44:26 AM PDT by DefeatCorruption
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To: newheart
Good grief. There are some offenses that contain their own punishment.

Yep, OTOH, he was dangling a fish in the water to attract the gator for the tourists in his boat.

12 posted on 07/29/2012 11:45:46 AM PDT by null and void (Day 1286 of our ObamaVacation from reality - Heroes aren't made Frank, they're cornered...)
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To: Free ThinkerNY

Thats heavy handed


13 posted on 07/29/2012 11:50:24 AM PDT by radioactivereb ("I'm tryin' to think but nothin' happens!"-Curly Howard)
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To: Jonty30
Sorry he lost his hand, but it’s not the within the sphere of the law to give consideration to given consequences as proper punishment.

True. All common sense and logic left our criminal justice system two or three generations ago. That is why the current generation has 5 times the number of people incarcerated as any other generation in human history.

I just wish I did not have to contribute (in taxes) to the current insanity that is our justice system.
14 posted on 07/29/2012 11:52:06 AM PDT by microgood
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To: Free ThinkerNY

Did he feed the gator his hand or a chicken?


15 posted on 07/29/2012 11:52:43 AM PDT by luvbach1 (Stop the destruction in 2012 or continue the decline)
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To: Free ThinkerNY

Reminds me of an old story called “Purse and Boots”.


16 posted on 07/29/2012 11:55:20 AM PDT by Sacajaweau
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To: Free ThinkerNY

The Gator thought he was getting a free lunch at Hand Fil A.


17 posted on 07/29/2012 11:59:30 AM PDT by AU72
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To: Free ThinkerNY
A second offense carries even more severe penalties.
And if he does it a third time ... well, he probably couldn't.
18 posted on 07/29/2012 12:11:10 PM PDT by ClearCase_guy (Roger Taney? Not a bad Chief Justice. John Roberts? A really awful Chief Justice.)
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To: Free ThinkerNY

I think he learned his lesson, but the oppressive police state cannot resist the opportunity to make some revenue out of any situation, especially when a civilian makes a foolish mistake.

The Florida authorities should be able to cash in nicely on a stupidass that nobody feels sorry for.

The jackbooted highwaymen will make him pay. Everybody pays.

Somehow going after more of this man’s money is ‘good’ for our society?
The state is corrupt, money grubbing and shameful.


19 posted on 07/29/2012 12:43:25 PM PDT by Bon mots ("When seconds count, the police are just minutes away...")
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To: microgood

Bump!


20 posted on 07/29/2012 12:43:37 PM PDT by VMI70
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To: cubreporter

Gators that have learned to associate humans with fast food become considerably more dangerous.


21 posted on 07/29/2012 12:59:14 PM PDT by SWAMPSNIPER (The Second Amendment, a Matter of Fact, Not a Matter of Opinion)
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To: Jonty30

I must disagree.

It’s the cruel and deranged act of a government official who doesn’t have the independence of mind or spirit to resist the generalized onset of cruelty and derangement befalling our society.

More evidence that those given license to implement justice are sometimes least capable of doing so.


22 posted on 07/29/2012 1:01:50 PM PDT by reasonisfaith (Why do you seek the living among the dead? (Luke 24:5))
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To: Jonty30
Gators actually think of us AS FOOD.

It doesn't take a human being to show them where dinner is.

23 posted on 07/29/2012 1:05:35 PM PDT by muawiyah
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To: Free ThinkerNY

It’s truly an act of charity when someone can give of himself to help starving animals.


24 posted on 07/29/2012 1:24:32 PM PDT by reg45 (Barack 0bama: Implementing class warfare by having no class!)
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To: Free ThinkerNY
I suppose the gator was unaware of the idiom “Don't bite the hand that feeds you.”
25 posted on 07/29/2012 1:50:24 PM PDT by ConservativeStatement (Obama "acted stupidly.")
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To: Jonty30
Sorry he lost his hand, but it’s not the within the sphere of the law to give consideration to given consequences as proper punishment.

It sure as hell is in the common law.

Corporate administrative "law" is another story - they bill your family for the bullet they kill you with, and fine them for air pollution when they burn down your house.

26 posted on 07/29/2012 2:45:42 PM PDT by Talisker (One who commands, must obey.)
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To: Free ThinkerNY

Okay, put the cuffs on him...Oh, wait...


27 posted on 07/29/2012 4:41:53 PM PDT by Lucas McCain
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To: Free ThinkerNY

Hmmm! “FOOD” for thought


28 posted on 07/30/2012 7:08:35 AM PDT by capt B
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To: Jonty30
He is (or was) an airboat captain. He traveled into the Everglades and fed the gator and received his Darwin award for doing so. Charging him with a crime and spending the money to administer the charges is ridiculous especially when you consider that had he been an Indian on the reservation within the Everglades, no charges would have been filed.

We're beyond the point where we should be resisting the government's control over everything. We've got some catching up to do.

29 posted on 07/30/2012 7:22:47 AM PDT by liberalh8ter (If Barack has a memory like a steel trap, why can't he remember what the Constitution says?)
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To: null and void
Yep, OTOH, he was dangling a fish in the water to attract the gator for the tourists in his boat.

No, I think it was with the same hand.

30 posted on 07/30/2012 7:25:54 AM PDT by Sawdring
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To: Free ThinkerNY

I bet the $1,000 fine will make the man think twice before trying to give an alligator a hand next time................/s


31 posted on 07/30/2012 7:32:54 AM PDT by OB1kNOb (The prudent see danger and take refuge, but the simple keep going and pay the penalty. - Prov 22:3)
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To: Sawdring

Nicely played!


32 posted on 07/30/2012 8:42:22 AM PDT by null and void (Day 1287 of our ObamaVacation from reality - Heroes aren't made Frank, they're cornered...)
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