James G. Boyce, of Palm Beach Gardens, is being treated for "substantial" gator bite. Incident happened Saturday in the DuPuis Management Area, where the he was hunting.
UPDATE, Sunday, 2:20 p.m.: Martin County sheriff deputies and the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission have identified the victim of Saturday’s alligator bite as 46-year-old James G. Boyce.
Boyce, a resident of Palm Beach Gardens, was bitten on the right leg while hunting in the DuPuis Management Area and his current medical condition is unknown, FWC said Sunday in a written statement.
Serious injuries caused by alligators are rare, according to FWC.
"Alligators are an important part of Florida’s wetlands," the statement said. "They help keep aquatic animal populations in balance and keep water holes open for other fish and wildlife."
There are an estimated 1.3 million alligators living in fresh-water lakes, slow-moving rivers and wetlands throughout Florida, the statement said. Alligators may also be found in brackish water habitats or anywhere there is standing water.
FWC is continuing to investigate the incident.
WEST PALM BEACH — A hunter was taken by helicopter to St. Mary's Medical Center in West Palm Beach Saturday afternoon after he was bitten by an alligator in the DuPuis Management Area/J.W. Corbett Wildlife Management Area near the Palm Beach/Martin County line, authorities confirmed.
Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission received a call at 10:03 a.m. that a hunter received a "substantial" bite to his leg from an alligator near Port Mayaca and Lake Okeechobee about 11 miles north of Pahokee. A witness said the alligator appeared to be about 10 feet long, the Martin County Sheriff's Office said.
A spokeswoman said another man in a swamp buggy was able to pull the victim to safety and the two called for help on a cellphone, but it took authorities a while to find the men in the wilderness area, which stretches 21,875 acres — about 34 square miles — in northwestern Palm Beach and southwestern Martin counties.
Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission will be investigating the incident.
The agency did not immediately have the man's condition, name or hometown.