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. chess54

    he need's a hair cut

    June 6, 2011 at 11:14 pm | Report abuse |
    • sj0201

      And you need to learn to spell needs without the apostrophe- his hair is fine.

      June 8, 2011 at 9:38 am | Report abuse |
    • dso883

      The hair needs to be longer to cover the earring.

      June 14, 2011 at 10:00 am | Report abuse |
  2. Zach

    duuuuuude he's an official gator wrassler

    June 7, 2011 at 10:48 am | Report abuse |
  3. Ed Hall

    Hey, chess54, what does the boy's hair have to do with the story?
    You need to get a life and perhaps go back to English 101. (need's???????????)
    You just can't polish a sneaker, chess.

    June 8, 2011 at 3:20 pm | Report abuse |
  4. fbreezy33

    was the gator on the table behind him? thats what it looked like

    June 8, 2011 at 4:18 pm | Report abuse |
    • ada girl

      Wow, it sure looks like its on the table.... and yeah, I agree that he needs a hair cut.

      June 9, 2011 at 1:15 pm | Report abuse |
  5. mbkkbm

    redneck win

    June 9, 2011 at 8:56 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Wayne

    Redneck>alligator

    June 10, 2011 at 9:02 pm | Report abuse |
  7. philologus

    too bad the gator didn't eat that annoying, yappy dog!

    June 11, 2011 at 2:29 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Franklin

    If the kid had not taken the alligator home, the alligator could have persued him, got his foot in his mouth, dragged him into the water, and drowned him.

    June 11, 2011 at 11:41 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Nick

    Cute but how is this news??

    June 13, 2011 at 2:30 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Margaret

    You won't see little girls doing something like this! It's no coincidence that more males are born than females. You can figure out why.

    June 15, 2011 at 1:30 pm | Report abuse |
    • tikipa

      I am a girl and when i was his age I was going around picking up snakes and all kinds of reptiles. I don't think being a boy has anything to do with catching a 'gator. I have lived next to a lake filled w/gators my whole life and I have caught plenty of them. If I could post pics of them I would. I hate when people think that girls are sissy's.

      June 21, 2011 at 3:38 pm | Report abuse |
    • Doug

      Margaret, actually more females are born than males; it's not a substantial amount.

      June 22, 2011 at 1:54 am | Report abuse |
  11. T

    That is why our gators don't eat us in Louisiana. We eat them before they can get us. Leave the little man alone. He's just having fun.

    June 15, 2011 at 3:33 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Geanna

    This child and his friends could have been killed by that 'gator. Especially when the reptile whacked the boy in the face with its tail. The boy could have fallen and been eaten. A felony??? What would YOU do if a 'gator chased after you?

    June 15, 2011 at 7:21 pm | Report abuse |
  13. USArmyOverLord

    A Felony?!? How about a medal. That kid has some courage and skill to go with it. I'm 6'1 250 and you won't catch me anywhere near a gator. LOL

    June 16, 2011 at 11:43 am | Report abuse |
  14. Jean

    I agree with Margaret, a girl would run like hell which is certainly the smarter thing to do. It won't get you one the news though! And the little man's hair is fine.

    June 18, 2011 at 4:01 pm | Report abuse |
  15. jeff

    Hard as nails!

    June 21, 2011 at 1:05 pm | Report abuse |
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