Aug. 18, 2019

A man taking part in a public alligator hunt in Palm Bay on Saturday incurred a “major bite” and was airlifted to a hospital, Florida wildlife officers say.

  • FWC: Justin Perchalski was pulling gator next to vessel
  • He was bitten on right hand and wrist, airlifted to hospital

The bite happened at about 8:30 p.m. near the Three Forks Conservation Area entrance on Malabar Road, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission said.

Justin Perchalski was pulling a gator next to his vessel when it grabbed his hand, and he incurred a “major bite,” FWC spokesman Greg Workman said Sunday morning.

The 30-year-old victim was flown to Health First’s Holmes Regional Medical Center in Melbourne.

No other details have been released. We have requested more information from the FWC and will update this article when we hear back.

GATOR BITE: per @MyFWC , man bitten by alligator during hunt Saturday night in Three Forks Conservation area, #PalmBay #Florida. Authorities say 30 year old man suffered serious hand injury, grabbed when pulling animal next to boat. Flown to hospital. @MyNews13#News13Brevard pic.twitter.com/pVzv92ugNJ

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