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. Andreas Moser

    Is this the son of Indiana Jones?

    May 27, 2011 at 6:22 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Joey

    Good for Michael Dasher!
    Don't book him for a felony: buy the kid a beer!
    (I love my black alligator briefcase! Open for PETA insults now: bring it on.)

    May 27, 2011 at 6:32 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Joey

    That's a real boy.

    May 27, 2011 at 6:34 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Ellis

    How much did the boy weigh? And the alligator? Did the alligator have long teeth and claws? Did the boy? Hmmmmm

    May 27, 2011 at 6:40 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Ivan Butler

    Just got back from overseas. Somewhat horrified by the story about a woman in Minnessota being charged for downloading 21 songs for personal use. Everyone that owns a windows based system that connects to the internet should be charged. Windows cookies makes a ciopy of web pages in whole or in part and that is copyright inffringment is it not. The crimminal court system in ;the uniited states is going to be very busy....yous truly Ross....

    May 27, 2011 at 6:45 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Ellis

    Yes Ivan, and this has what to do with alligators?

    May 27, 2011 at 6:50 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Ellis

    Don't tell me that alligator tastes like chicken.

    May 27, 2011 at 6:51 pm | Report abuse |
    • The OJB

      Actually, now that you mention it...

      May 27, 2011 at 10:13 pm | Report abuse |
  8. jon

    Just glad we're not reading about another kid in Florida killed by an alligator which is usually how this story ends.

    May 27, 2011 at 7:03 pm | Report abuse |
  9. al e gaiter

    That kid rocks! More ba lls than all of you put together

    May 27, 2011 at 7:04 pm | Report abuse |
  10. stewie

    @ellis, I've never had alligator but I have tried snapping turtle and it does taste like chicken so I'd assume alligator does too.

    May 27, 2011 at 7:04 pm | Report abuse |
  11. stewie

    The question is where were the parents. I lived in Ocala Florida for a year when I was 7 and even though we lived on a river my brothers and I were never allowed to go near the river by ourselves because of the alligators.

    May 27, 2011 at 7:09 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Ellis

    Now stewie, #!!@"#**!!

    May 27, 2011 at 7:14 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Jinx

    The kid obviously doesn't know his danger boundaries...or he may well become the next Steve Irwin. Crikey!

    May 27, 2011 at 8:22 pm | Report abuse |
  14. stewie

    Sorry Ellis, couldn't resist, it is true though.

    May 27, 2011 at 8:51 pm | Report abuse |
  15. stewie

    Hmm that may have been Oceola Florida, not sure, just remember it was about 30 miles north of Orlando and started with an O.

    May 27, 2011 at 8:54 pm | Report abuse |
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