Authorities: Alligator bites off thumb of Seminole tribe worker

Miami, Florida (AP) 3-08

Officials say a Seminole Tribe employee trying to trap a nuisance alligator was bitten by the creature, which lopped off his thumb.

Broward Sheriff Fire Rescue airlifted the 38-year-old to Broward General Medical Center, where staff attempted to reattach his thumb during early March.

Tribe spokesman Gary Bitner did not identify the man for privacy reasons but said he was a longtime employee who worked in animal control. The tribe was investigating.

Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission spokesman Jorge Pino says his agency will document the incident.

No information was immediately available on what happened to the 7-foot-long alligator.