Man Bitten By 11-Foot Alligator While Retrieving Disc Golf Disc From Pond

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A man, 35-years-old, was bitten by an 11-foot alligator on Monday afternoon while playing disc golf at Cliff Stephens Park in Clearwater, officials say.

The man was bitten by the gator around 5 p.m., according to FWC.

The man was attempting to retrieve a disc from a pond when he was bitten.

The victim was taken to an area hospital where he was treated for non-life threatening injuries. 

"There are gators out there. It's not worth it. I understand you want to make a few dollars and the discs are worth a lot of money depending which kind you have, but it's not worth risking your life. There are big gators out there," said Derrick Moody, a Clearwater resident.


Licensed state trappers were able to capture the alligator and remove it from the lake along with another smaller gator. 

"We noticed that this alligator was showing behaviors that it was not afraid of people," said Ashley Tyler with Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission.


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