Sunday, June 29, 2008

Gator Attack Victim Blames Fish & Wildlife

A Florida teen whose arm was ripped from his body by an 11-foot alligator is blaming the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission for not properly controlling the alligator population.

"It's a problem that needs to be dealt with," victim Kasey Edwards said. "The alligators -- the population needs to be brought down."

Edwards said he knew the canal was infested with alligators before taking a 2 a.m. swim at Nubbin Slough, a canal near Lake Okeechobee on Sunday.

"They said they pulled out over a dozen 12-foot alligators and they spotted 150 in that area," Edwards said.

Meanwhile, frantic 911 calls made moments after Edwards lost his arm were released Wednesday night.

One of the calls described Edward's condition.

"I just called about the alligator bite," a caller told a 911 dispatcher.

"He got bit by a gator?" the dispatcher asked.

"His arm is gone," the caller said.

"Do you have anything to hold off the bleeding?" the dispatcher asked.

"Yes, ma'am," the caller said.

When paramedic crews arrived, they found Edwards was missing his left arm.

Police released a new photo of Edwards lying on the side of the canal being treated.

Edwards said he escaped the alligator's death roll by poking his finger into its eye.

The teen's arm was later found inside the alligator's stomach but it couldn't be reattached.

He is expected to remain in the hospital this week.

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