FWC Officers tracked and euthanized the alligator. When gators are fed, they lose their fear of humans. "As soon as you say there's an alligator that's not afraid of humans, that's like signing a death warrant for that alligator", Pino explained. "The more people abide by the rules on the books, the safer the gators will be, and more importantly, the safer the humans will be." His hand was found in the stomach of the gator but could not be reattached.
Weatherholt posted $1,000 bail and is due back in court on August 22. He is facing a fine of up to $500 and jail sentence of up to six months. Boaters feel these charges are adding insult to injury. Many feel a severed hand is punishment enough. Pressure is building to drop the charges. This stunt created a dangerous scenario. While jumping for the fish, the gator landed on the side of the boat with both front legs inside making the air boat unstable. The family of five were lucky the boat did not tip over. Captain Doug's Small Airport Tours who employed Weatherholt has now instituted a strict 'three strike and your out' policy on the feeding of alligators on tour.