May 27th, 2011
06:17 PM ET

Florida boy wrestles 6-foot alligator back to house

Michael Dasher thought he had hooked a good-sized fish Wednesday.

The 10-year-old and two friends were fishing in a canal near his home in Rockledge in Brevard County, Florida, when the line snapped.

Michael's buddy, Kentral Welch, thought his friend was reeling in a big one "...until I saw his face," CNN affiliate WKMG in Orlando reported.

What they were staring at was a 5-foot-9 long alligator, which charged at the boys. Michael says he used a stick and even got on the animal's back. Then Michael dragged the gator home.

Wildlife officers were called and said they had to tell Michael he could have been charged with a felony for capturing an alligator. He says he learned his lesson. Next time, he'll just out run it.

Filed under: Alligators • Animals • Florida • Nature
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  1. larrym

    Polite kid!

    June 22, 2011 at 4:48 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Ruck

    Charged with a felony? Over a freaking alligator that wanted to kill him? This in a state where it's only a misdemeanor to beat up your wife

    June 24, 2011 at 2:18 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Terri

    O dear lord!! That child could have been killed and they were fussing at him?? Where has COMMON sense gone???
    By the way, you can't outrun an alligator, so what he did was the right thing.
    Shame on you, Wildlife officials!!!

    June 24, 2011 at 3:18 pm | Report abuse |
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