EVERGLADES CITY, Fla. (WINK NEWS) - A Florida fisherman says a gator grabbed a hold of his foot and attempted to drag him into the water.
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Nino Alvarez says it all happened while he was fishing with friends in a canal at the Everglades.
"I tried to go bass fishing here, and this (expletive) gator is over here, trying to eat me," he said. "I don't even think there's any more bass here. This guy already ate it all."
Alvarez said he had prior experience with gators before and knew what to do.
He told WINK News that he pulled out a knife and repeatedly stabbed the gator.
"I feel bad for the gator, but it was either me or it," he said.
According to Alvarez, he was left with some puncture wounds on his left hand, and credits his boots for not losing his foot.
"The only unfortunate thing was a gator lost its life," Alvarez told reporters."I think what I could've done to prevent it was to use a flashlight."
The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission is investigating the incident.
Gators rarely bite humans in Florida, but the FWC investigates each time it happens.