James G. Boyce is being treated for a "substantial" gator bite after an incident Saturday in the DuPuis Management Area, where he was hunting.
WEST PALM BEACH — Martin County sheriff deputies and the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission on Sunday identified the man bitten by an alligator a day earlier in Martin County as James G. Boyce, 46, of Palm Beach Gardens.
Boyce was bitten on his right leg while hunting in the DuPuis Management Area/J.W. Corbett Wildlife Management Area, near the Palm Beach/Martin County line, FWC said Sunday in a written statement.
He was taken by helicopter to St. Mary’s Medical Center in West Palm Beach for treatment, authorities confirmed. His wife, Terisa Boyce, told The Post late Sunday that his condition was stable.
FWC received a call Saturday 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 Saturday.
A spokeswoman said another man in a swamp buggy was able to pull Boyce 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.
A GoFundMe campaign has been set up for Boyce, who is the manager and registered agent of Abaco Plumbing II in Palm Beach Gardens. According to the GoFundMe page, Boyce had emergency surgery and "has a long road of recovery ahead."
"As a small business owner, he doesn’t have the luxury many of us have with company medical insurance," the GoFundMe page says. "He is currently recovering but will need to stay in the hospital for a few days to ensure no infections set in."
Serious injuries caused by alligators are rare, FWC said in Sunday’s statement.
"Alligators are an important part of Florida’s wetlands," it read. "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.
Staff writer Eliot Kleinberg contributed to this story.