There are signs posted in the lake saying "no swimming," according to police.
Wildlife officials searched for hours before capturing and euthanizing an alligator found near where the man was killed, according to NBC affiliate WFLA. A necropsy is being performed to determine if it was the alligator involved in the attack. "The guy had gotten in the water retrieving some of the discs, golf discs, and the gator bit his arm off," bystander Robert Jokela told WFLA.
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Video shows Florida man rescuing his puppy from alligator attackNov. 23, 202002:00Another park regular, Vince Carter, told WFLA he was familiar with the victim, whom he said would frequently go into the water to retrieve discs to sell back to the disc golfers who play the course. "He was just a homeless guy who tries to get by," Carter said. "A lot of people liked him in the community, some didn't, but he was a friendly guy who would always get our discs back for us."
The victim is the latest man attacked by an alligator while trying to retrieve a frisbee from the lake at Taylor Park. Travis Spitzer, 40, survived being bitten in the face by an alligator in 2020 while retrieving a disc in waist-deep water, according to WFLA. Players told the station that people would often go in the water to retrieve the $18 discs and sell them back to local shops for $3 each.
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