Florida Man Bitten By Alligator After Falling Off Trail

Jul 20, 2021
by James Smurthwaite  

A mountain biker in Florida has been bitten by an alligator after falling off his bike on a trail, WPTV reports.

The unidentified man was riding at Halpatiokee Regional Park at around 11am on Monday. He fell off a wooden bridge and down a six foot embankment into a small body of water where he was bitten by the reptile on the leg.

Charlie Shannon was walking his dog nearby and was able to lift the biker out with the help of another man. He then used his dog lead as a tourniquet until help arrived. He said, "He had a lot of marks all over his leg, but mainly in the upper thigh. He was hanging on roots like five feet below, it was hard to get him out."

The 8 foot, 170-pound alligator was later caught by a trapper, John Davidson, who will take it to a nearby farm. He said, "She was sitting 10 feet off the bank when I showed up. That leads me to believe that she was a female and sitting on a nest somewhere close. So we'll attempt to rescue the babies if we can." This gator was the third he had picked up on Monday and he explained they are extra aggressive around this time of year. However, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission told WPTV that serious injuries caused by alligators are rare and if anyone encounters a nuisance gator, they should call 866-FWC-GATOR.

The man was airlifted to Lawnwood Regional Medical Center & Heart Institute and is said to have serious injuries. We wish him the best in his recovery and hope he is back on the bike soon.

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168 Comments

  • 427 5
 Disappointed. You can do better than that Florida Man.

Florida Man being bitten by an alligator is just called Tuesday. Where's the meth, high speed car chase, mariachi band? I'm assuming he wasn't even naked.

Meh.
  • 116 4
 Don’t forget the cannibalism.

“Florida Man Eaten by Florida Man After Falling off Trail”
  • 152 2
 "Florida Man Bites Alligator After Falling Off Trail"
  • 2 0
 Gold.
  • 16 0
 and bath salts resulting in multiple attempts to bite someone’s face off
  • 13 0
 @SterlingArcher: Upvote for the face-chewing content I was hoping for!
  • 29 1
 Yeah, what a croc.
  • 27 0
 @maxxx: Florida Man gums Gator more like it.
  • 54 0
 "The Florida man who rode an alligator while high on methamphetamine and won local mountain bike event now faces charges of indecent exposure, possession of a controlled substance and molestations of an endangered animal. For full text article and photos subscribe to our Premium Outside Subscription Package."
  • 3 4
 florida, not california
  • 4 2
 @quesoquesoqueso: Oh Bazinga, my dude.
  • 16 0
 I came here for the comments and they always deliver. Bravo
  • 3 0
 @NoahColorado: I love wearing crocs. The plastic kind of course. I'm no savage.
  • 4 0
 florida man riding e bike on meth in a high speed chase after playing mariachi music at 2am, officials say.
  • 3 0
 Florida Man has Mullet tail bitten off by Alligator!!
  • 3 0
 Florida man pulls a Macaskill: rear wheel hops from wooden bridge to alligator head to bass boat to cypress knee and then lands cleanly on the other side of a 50ft sinkhole.
  • 12 1
 I'm sorry I've disappointed you.
  • 4 0
 It's like crashing in the lift line.
  • 12 0
 Too bad this wasn’t the stabby disgruntled hiker.

“You fell into me”. Staby. Staby.
  • 4 0
 what bike was he riding?? They don't say!! ahahhahhaa
  • 1 0
 @FloridaHasMTBToo:

You have only disappointed me by not visiting.
  • 1 0
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  • 2 0
 @endurojeff29hk852: grey Santa Cruz, from local reports..
  • 1 0
 @maxxx: Aligator bitten by Florida Man after falling off trail
  • 3 0
 Can we get the footy as the intro to this week’s Friday Fails!?
  • 1 0
 Poor alligator((
  • 1 0
 @lake-st: Spit take!
  • 1 0
 Alligators can't drive or play musical instruments bro
  • 240 6
 This is why you never go Outside
  • 98 5
 If only there had been a paywall to keep the gator away from the trail.
  • 35 3
 Did you guys read this story on BETA about the mountain biker who survived a bear attack? No you didn't, because they BETA went Outside.

www.betamtb.com/culture/no-time-to-react-reliving-a-harrowing-grizzly-attack/?utm_campaign=later-linkinbio-betamtb&utm_content=later-19060763&utm_medium=social&utm_source=linkin.bio
  • 20 0
 LOL, not the fault of the alligator involved if the guy falls Outside of the trail and hits alligator paywall!
  • 14 0
 @chriskneeland: Lol WTF. Is it "Post about animal attack day" on the Outside corporate calendar?
  • 4 2
 Cannot wait for the paywall! Big Grin
  • 1 0
 Just bought outpink.bike domain, will launch a new site as soon as Pinkbike adds first paywall Wink
  • 1 0
 @lkubica: I tried buying pinkside.com but apparently it’s already taken and highly popular.
  • 92 5
 Reason number 3,843 I will never move to Florida
  • 31 0
 Reason 1-3,842 must be the number of bug bites per week?
  • 10 0
 @hangdogr: Just about right but don't forget reason number 100 HAS to be the humidity. 100% RH 100% of the time! Smile
  • 56 0
 The highest elevation in Florida is 345 feet (105 meters). Do you need any more reasons than that?
  • 5 0
 I’m eager to know what reason #1 is
  • 8 0
 @SterlingArcher: I believe you answered that in your other response ...bathsalts + faces
  • 4 1
 America's Dick.

Alt-news article about the incident here: www.cnn.com/2021/07/20/us/florida-cyclist-alligator-bite-trnd/index.html
  • 3 0
 Why does the title say: "a mountain biker in Florida"? A simple "biker" was enough, nah? A swamp biker?
  • 6 0
 @SterlingArcher: Quite obviously ... #1: you become a "Florida man" !
  • 4 0
 @SterlingArcher: Brain anneurisms. They're the silent killer.
  • 1 0
 @SterlingArcher: Florida Man.
  • 1 0
 @danstonQ: yeah it’s tough here in Florida. Bike shop sells regular mtn bikes, buy one, no mountains when riding, what are we doing? Sand pile biking?
  • 4 2
 With the exception of the upvotes
It seems your the only one
That WOULD’NT Move to Florida
What we have here
Is , failure to.. communicate
Kinda like the PB paywalll migration to Vital we saw here last week
Some folks just dont get it
(acoustic guitar sound w/whistling)
Look at the bikes you’re killin
Look at the crud your spillin
(if your gonna spill blood it may as well be Slayer)
We dont need your stupid paywall
It feeds the rich but it buries the poawooooor (true Axl Rose grammer version)
No but really there’s enough people here
And PAYWALLS
Plus its flater than an Outside magazine
  • 1 0
 @danstonQ: oddly enough thats the name of one of the more popular trail builder/mtb websites in SW Fl. @swampmtbclub
  • 1 0
 @Crankhed: Well played.
  • 81 2
 When an article starts with "Florida Man..." grab the popcorn and enjoy
  • 31 0
 Plot twist; it's all been the same singular Florida Man this entire time
  • 3 0
 @newbermuda: Tried to prop you. Clicked post. Consuming popcorn now.
  • 2 0
 Gold
  • 48 0
 I was expecting "Alligator Bitten By Florida Man After Falling Off Trail"
  • 25 2
 Ya that guy must have been a tourist.
  • 35 2
 Alligator was only exercising her "Stand Your Ground" defense when she found someone trespassing on her property.
  • 2 0
 Somebody get that alligator a gun! NRA are you listening???
  • 2 0
 @audeo03: NRA too busy filing for bankruptcy. Maybe try Gator Owners of America or Floridaman Policy Crocalition.
  • 28 0
 I was kind of hoping the bike would be a Moots
  • 3 0
 Maybe Santa Cruz bikes are more palatable to alligators.
  • 4 0
 @hellbelly: Seen the Moots logo?
  • 21 0
 Unless this story ends with the gator wearing a leash and jogging alongside dude as he rode home then he really doesn't deserve the title of Florida man.
  • 1 0
 That would be SC man. (See Charles Fraser of Hilton Head)
  • 16 0
 Wait, does this mean people have crashed their bikes in FL and then *not* been eaten by an alligator? I feel I've been misled.
  • 7 0
 Sometimes, they're lying on the trails. Helps promote better bunny hopping technique.
  • 16 0
 This may have been avoided if Continental had done some PR work with the Gator community regarding their Gatorskin tire armor not using actual gator skin.
  • 17 0
 Now that's a no-fall-zone if I've ever seen one
  • 8 0
 Any trail in FL near water is a "No Fall Zone".
  • 17 0
 Absolutely came for the Comments. Not disappointed.
  • 14 0
 Fortunately Florida Man knows what to do with those pesky gators:

time.com/4214021/florida-man-throws-alligator-into-wendys-drive-thru-window
  • 7 0
 lol ....news report did say the gator was "being relocated" and didn't provide any details. Relocation could certainly include another Wendy's
  • 1 0
 Contact with animals limited to just his mothers dog, that must be tragic.
  • 11 0
 Will the video be a fail, send or save?
  • 4 0
 It crosses in to all three of these definitions.
  • 11 0
 is the alligator ok ?
  • 10 0
 Huh? Is the bike ok?!?
  • 3 0
 news report says gator will be relocated, so yes. As for the bike, i think its at the bottom of the swamp. News image shows only the tires sticking above the water.
  • 2 1
 Outside chance the paywall will let the suspected gator survive.
  • 7 0
 does this warrant a new black diamond rating on trailforks? Greens and blues don't seem sufficient after this
www.trailforks.com/region/halpatiokee-regional-park-18375
  • 9 3
 I'm from florida and i have actually hit blind jump and landed right on top of a 5" gator lol lucky i crashed away from him. he was hissing so mad. i had algae all over my bike from him. if i would of been a better jumper i would of cleared him lol. never been so scared
  • 31 0
 Isn't a 5" gator just a small lizard?
  • 8 0
 @drunknride: yeah, a 5 inch gator doesn't seem too intimidating.
  • 5 0
 You cased a gator jump? What a time to be alive!
  • 7 0
 Another Florida man! Hahaha Glad you're okay bro!
  • 4 4
 obviously a typo lol why would i even care to share that i jumped into a "lizard". It was 5'
  • 8 0
 I love the sign in the background
“ Overnight camping by permit only”
Yeah, no thanks
  • 4 0
 I’ve rode in Florida before( really fun trails btw!) and the whole time I was just thinking about falling off trail into water and this exact thing happening!
  • 3 0
 The guy was 74 yrs old. Pretty seriously injured. I ride that trail pretty often and it’s not really a skinny, but more like a bridge. Pretty hard to fall off, but don’t we say that about most of our crashes.
  • 3 0
 Florida mountain biker here…. If it isn’t an gator that gets you it would be a venomous snake, the freaking heat, lightning, or meth head.

No denying Florida MTB is still spectacular though.
  • 1 0
 But most likely it'll be the bugs.
  • 1 0
 I quite seriously hit a bear about two weeks ago...I have video....I do think that we have far less meth heads than IL, WI and MN.....
  • 5 0
 Just waiting on the armor companies to come out with "gator armor"
  • 6 0
 Afterawhile crocodile
  • 1 0
 Now they have closed that entire trail system, not just the little part by the water. But still open to hikers. How stupid can authorities get. The injured party is not complaining about the trail condition causing him to crash.
  • 3 0
 Desert... Good. Swamp... Bad. Thanks, but I'll stick to Western Diamondbacks!
  • 3 0
 That area is the crocodile's domain - it'll all be underwater in 20 years anyway.
  • 1 0
 Gretta Thunburg gives the west coast seven or so (left). I hope it takes less time.
  • 1 0
 no, if it was a "croc's" domain, the guy would be missing... and very much dead.

"Salty's" will have a go at anything that gets close.. they are aggressive and when they get up to 4-6m long.. not a poultry 8ft, there isnt much that they cant take down.
  • 3 0
 Yep, this is the real reason i don't ride skinnies.
  • 5 0
 watch out for the north shore gators
  • 2 0
 @PTyliszczak: i belive they're called crack bears
  • 4 0
 Is the bike ok?
  • 3 0
 Finally someone asks what we really want to know.
  • 1 0
 That man-eating gator infested swamp is on the wrong side of that skinny, the tank filled with sharks is supposed to be on that side. Geez.
  • 1 0
 hmmmm.......8ft, 170 lbs? Somewhere, there's an NBA Scout reading the news article & thinking he needs to draft this mofo!!
  • 2 0
 Call me a medic, and make it snappy !
  • 16 0
 You’re a medic.
  • 2 0
 Was the cyclist clipped in? And did the alligator have a switch blade?
  • 1 0
 This is not the same Gator with which I am obsessed. No mention of Burt Reynolds? NOT INTERESTED
  • 1 0
 Did anyone else see the overnight camping sign in the vid. I think I'll pass thanks.
  • 2 0
 Huh….it happened Outside, eh?
  • 2 0
 Florida is a heluva drug!
  • 2 0
 This is why Skinnys were invented in British Columbia and not Florida
  • 1 0
 You are probably right
  • 2 0
 I will never bitch about off leash dogs again.
  • 2 0
 File this under: "Things you expect to happen more often in Florida."
  • 2 0
 Gator don't play no Shit!!!!

www.youtube.com/watch?v=haq3m4Dkz_I
  • 1 0
 July mountain biking in Florida, sign me up! And I thought swampy air was bad up here in New England.
  • 10 9
 Now, how we do turn this comment section into a political debate?
  • 7 3
 eat some tofu and arugula and try again
  • 3 5
 @quesoquesoqueso: not edgy enough. Try harder.
  • 15 1
 Green Lives Matter
  • 4 3
 @BoobyHill: start hyperventilating about trump?
  • 3 0
 @quesoquesoqueso: Now we're getting spicy.
  • 10 2
 Maybe by suggesting the gator should get vaccinated?
  • 6 0
 @commental: In Florida? Not likely. Smile
  • 4 0
 @commental: don't let Big Gator tell you what to do!
  • 6 0
 @bikeskibikeski: Florida man thinks the whole thing's a croc of shit.
  • 2 0
 @bikeskibikeski: the Croc said "leg it mate"
  • 6 1
 None of this would have happened if open-carry was legal in Florida. "Guy with gun gets gator good while riding bicycle on gravel"
  • 2 0
 The gator had on a trump hat
  • 3 0
 @nzandyb: Florida man shoots himself in the nuts while trying to fend off gator?
  • 2 0
 @Alfie110: alligator, we dont have crocodiles fyi
  • 1 0
 @quesoquesoqueso: haha good point lad
  • 2 1
 Florida rider falls from... 1 meter hill
  • 8 0
 I think death by wildlife makes up for the lack of elevation
  • 1 3
 Since there's no sound in the video, I'm just imaging the sound in my head as if the folks in Florida sound like those typical folks with southern accents - ya know - like them hillbillies from Deliverance? Big Grin
  • 5 0
 Those accents are anything but typical. Don't be a hoser, eh? Soory, friend.
  • 5 0
 Please don't confuse mountain folk with swamp people.
  • 3 0
 Auh we aint nutin lie kat
You aint from round er’ is ya boy

All puns aside I can verify at least 1 alligator at Balm Boyette in lithia fl. with a 27.5 DHR skid mark across his ass, its an old phosphate mine littered w/paywalls Facepalm . I mean ponds , if your hauling ass Ninja they’ll cross right in front of you, you really dont have much option sometimes they like to sit in the sun along the trails and they take off when u come flying through.
Thanks for listening
CrAnK_hEd #shredthepaywall

The pain is real
  • 1 0
 Praying for you Florida Man (and your bike).
  • 1 0
 Florida man falls off Florida man after being bitten by gator
  • 1 0
 NEW TEAIL FEATURE! ALLIGATOR! Only in Florida.
  • 1 0
 He was rushing back to his tent to get the food out.
  • 1 0
 even without the title we all knew it was florida
  • 1 0
 Gator trippin balls ever since and now avid Joe Rogan listener...
  • 1 0
 The Jungle Cruise but on a bike… Scary trails there.
  • 1 0
 who the heck is editing these holy typo
  • 1 2
 get well soon. at least youre not a pro roadie who takes out an entire race field
  • 6 6
 One more reason that Florida sucks.
  • 3 0
 Yes. Stay away.
  • 2 1
 Oh Florida....
  • 1 0
 Rock around the clock
  • 1 0
 *DOG leash
  • 1 0
 8ft, 170lb...very XC
  • 1 0
 Was the bike ok?
  • 1 1
 866-FWC-GATOR F - Fuck W - With C - Crocodiles
  • 1 0
 Is the bike for sale?
  • 2 4
 Im all for trashing FL, but lets remember that a member of the mtb community got airlifted and seriously hurt here…. Jeez.

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