Terrebonne 'Gator Man' seriously burned

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Posted: Feb 23, 2010 11:04 AM by Associated Press
Updated: Feb 23, 2010 11:04 AM

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Topics: Gator Man, Easton DeHart, alligator, burn, marsh, camp, rabbits, fire, WBRZ

Terrebonne Parish's nuisance-alligator hunter, Easton DeHart, is reported in critical condition at a Baton Rouge burn unit.

His daughter, Mona Samanie, says the 77-year-old outdoorsman got trapped within the fireline Thursday while setting fire to marshland near his hunting camp to flush rabbits out of thick grass.

Hunting companions took DeHart to a marina, and a helicopter ambulance flew him from there to Baton Rouge.

Samanie says her father's face, hands and stomach were burned.

The family says he's been kept in an induced coma at Baton Rouge General Medical Center, where doctors told them he suffered second-degree burns to 10 percent of his body.

The state Department of Wildlife and Fisheries says that such "control burning" is legal on one's own property.

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