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Dragon Draggin’

Officers from the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission were called to a Rockledge home by Benjie Cox, grandfather of 10-year-old Michael Dasher. Michael had been fishing with some of his friends from the bank of a nearby canal when he caught something on his hook, and the line snapped. “I thought it was a really big fish,” said Michael’s friend Kentral Walsh, “until I saw his face.” Michael had hooked a 6-foot alligator. He said the animal ran at him, so he hit it with a stick and at one point he jumped on its back, subdued it, and dragged it home. Michael got a stern lecture from both his grandfather and the wildlife officers, who told him that had he been older he could have been arrested for a felony. Michael said he’d learned his lesson and the next time he encounters an alligator, he will run away. (JW/Florida Today) ...The alligator’s the one who needs to run away next time he encounters Michael.
Original Publication Date: 19 June 2011
This story is in True’s book collections, in Volume 17.

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