FORT MYERS (CBSMiami) – A 60-year-old Florida man remains hospitalized after a serious alligator bite incident in Fort Myers.
According to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, William Simmons, of Fort Myers, was taken to Lee Memorial Hospital to be treated for serious injuries on Monday, after he was bitten by an alligator near Wa-Ke Hatchee Park and Recreation Center in Lee County.READ MORE: ‘Treating Those Immigrants Like Dogs’: North Miami Mayor Sickened By Images Of Border Patrol Agents Using Whips To Corral Haitian Immigrants
FWC officials say investigators have not been able to speak to Simmons yet, therefore, many details about the incident are still unavailable.
According to CBS station WINK News, a good Samaritan found Simmons along a path, who called 911.READ MORE: ‘Such A Demonic Spirit’: 70-Year-Old Man Stabbed In Random Attack At Miramar Plaza
A FWC contracted nuisance alligator trapper is still trying to trap the gator.
Serious injuries caused by alligators are rare in Florida. The FWC administers a Statewide Nuisance Alligator Program (SNAP) for gators that are believed to pose a threat to people, pets or property.
FWC’s toll-free Nuisance Alligator Hotline is 866-FWC-GATOR (866-392-4286).MORE NEWS: Florida Cabinet Approves 13-Mile Extension Of Dolphin Expressway
FWC continues to investigate the cause of the alligator attack.