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
soundoff (96 Responses)
  1. fernace

    This boy, Michael was nice to the alligator, compared to other incidents, where the poor creature was sent to an alligator farm or killed. Granted he didn't have to bring it home ,but he's 10. He was proud of his catch! A few years ago in Houston, a gator got confused & wandered out of the bayou into a suburb. A Tx. Wildlife officer tied the gator to the back of his truck & dragged it! Then got out & shot it! A n attrocious disgrace!! More power to ya, Michael!

    May 28, 2011 at 10:19 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mindcrime

      I'd love to see a little boy run from a gator, considering they can run roughly 30mph in short bursts on land.

      June 2, 2011 at 1:49 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Mark

    Such a well spoken young man, very polite... but please be more careful, a gator can kill you son.

    May 29, 2011 at 9:42 am | Report abuse |
    • Awesomejobkid

      Meagan Should be the one to talk about being stupid. Can't even spell (realize) and uses terms such as "U". Correct yourself before you call a 10 year old defending himself "stupid".

      June 1, 2011 at 1:42 pm | Report abuse |
  3. meagain

    Where the hell were the parents& what r they teachin the kid. Does he realise his but could have been chewed off. Next time ride a bike,stupid kid

    May 29, 2011 at 7:17 pm | Report abuse |
    • dwayne

      Meagain, until the nanny state and people like you took over, our kids used to actually live and were much more mature because they learned to survive well and our parents weren't over protective. Kids his age actually were "Men" so to speak by the time they were 12 – 13, knew how to take care of themselves and their families. The fact this boy was "threatened" with a felony shows how stupid our society has come. What, throw this kid in jail for 5 years and for what? To create a criminal? He was living and having fun as any boy should. Now we run around being afraid for our kids that they'll catch a germ or two.

      May 30, 2011 at 5:22 pm | Report abuse |
    • K

      More than likely his parents were around. They were fishing. Dang. Chill. Can you even spell? I hope your like 3 because your spelling is very errored.
      He was doing nothing wrong. He didn't even get hurt. Kudos to him

      June 3, 2011 at 12:49 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Cesar

    Gee, I thought the kid did great, but I admit there was risk involved.

    May 30, 2011 at 9:13 am | Report abuse |
  5. joAnn

    What,a brave and courageous to do.To,even think he rode the animal's back.I,wouldn't have done what he did.It JoAnn

    May 30, 2011 at 11:36 am | Report abuse |
    • FutureWizard

      'Not that scary, no mam'. Good manners kid.

      June 3, 2011 at 5:31 am | Report abuse |
  6. dwayne

    Another thing Meagain, did you notice how this boy said "yes Ma'am", "No, Ma'am". And you call him stupid? I supposed if he had used foul language, you would have thought him intelligient.

    May 30, 2011 at 5:26 pm | Report abuse |
    • cd

      Just because someone uses social formalities does not prove intelligence. That's very common for southern children, to use such formalities with any adult. Not to say he is not intelligent, but he was obviously naive to the dangers of Alligators, despite the fact that he lives nearby such creatures.

      They obviously only threatened the boy with a felony because 1)He should know that his age is the only reason he can get away with hunting an animal off-season like that, and 2)To frighten and discourage him from wrestling 'gators in the future. A naive, young child, especially a young boy, could get a big head about his luck and start seeking out Alligators to prove himself to friends, etc.

      May 31, 2011 at 11:30 am | Report abuse |
  7. Bob

    Lucky little bloke ,although, all you have to do to get an alligator into submission. Is get its jaws to shut and hold onto them tight since an alligator has really weak jaw opening muscles. Its scientifically proven.

    May 31, 2011 at 1:17 pm | Report abuse |
  8. DoubleW

    Considering how powerful an alligator's tail is, it's a wonder one of the kids didn't collect a broken ankle or wrist in the skirmish. I can understand a 10-year-old would want to keep his "trophy" - maybe in the bathtub - but I'm sure Mom and the fish & Game people would have some objections to that.

    May 31, 2011 at 3:31 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Derrrrrrr

    Future Sling Blade, mmmhmmm

    June 1, 2011 at 11:16 am | Report abuse |
  10. ERROR 404

    The only stupidity here is the interviewer. She has come face to face with the way the world was once-upon-a-time when kids were polite and actually lived, instead of playing video games and endlessly watching TV.. Sure kids got hurt, but most survived, wiser, smarter and tougher. This kid is awesome. Shows what goodt parenting is all about.
    Col. Jeff Cooper said that we are now a nation of "sheeple," afraid of our own shadows.
    The psycho-babblers will probably want to send this kid to "therapy" to find out why he is aggressive and has self-destructive behavior tendencies. So after years of therapy, he will become a sheeple, too.

    June 2, 2011 at 12:01 am | Report abuse |
  11. culbes

    That kid is a potential future recruit for the Navy SEALs, what a brave and polite young man he is. Good job young man.

    June 3, 2011 at 11:24 am | Report abuse |
  12. kevin

    good god always the bleeding hearts about the dangers...! give me a break. the kid is awesome and will go far in life. all the boobs whining about the scary reptile and waaaaaa!.. should just stick to the plan of raising kids on antibacterial soap and let them live with you till they are 30. if the kid had been eaten that would have been a shame but in case you havent noticed there is a population problem. well done young man! be careful though

    June 3, 2011 at 2:47 pm | Report abuse |
  13. leigh from the south

    Common in southern states? Are you insinuating that the south = stupidity? To CD Stupid is all over!! The boy is 10. A felony? really? I don't think he went out to capture the alligator. So, teach him "next time to run". Alligators can outrun ppl.'
    No one got hurt. What a cool story he will have back at school.

    June 5, 2011 at 10:02 am | Report abuse |
    • Ankhorite

      No, Leigh, CD wasn't insinuating south = stupidity.

      She or he was coming out and saying directly that south = good manners.

      Of course, that was before you put up YOUR post.

      June 6, 2011 at 1:42 pm | Report abuse |
  14. dc

    This liberal, hopes he was able to have his picture taken with the 'gator!

    June 6, 2011 at 3:12 pm | Report abuse |
  15. chess54

    watch out the spelling police is out

    June 6, 2011 at 11:12 pm | Report abuse |
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