Alligator Bites Off Motorist's Finger (04/26/02 -- AP) Authorities are still trying to find a man whose middle finger was bitten off by an alligator in Polk County. Investigators say the gator bit off the man's finger as he wrangled with the reptile on Wednesday. He was trying to pull it off Interstate-4 near Orlando. A state wildlife officer saw the attack. He asked the injured man to wait for an ambulance, but the victim said he would drive himself to a hospital. The alligator was later removed from the site by a licensed trapper. The victim, who was missing his left middle finger, apparently never sought emergency medical care. Experts say treatment is necessary because alligators' mouths contain bacteria that can cause serious infection.