Man Dies In Suspected Alligator Attack After Searching For Frisbees In A Lake

The body of a man has been recovered after he was searching for frisbees in a lake in Florida, it is believed that he was the victim of an alligator attack. If confirmed this would be the first fatal alligator attack in the state since 2019.

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Alligator warning sign near where the man was found dead. Pics: Martha Asencio-Rhine/Tampa Bay Times

The man, 47, was in the water at Taylor Park Disc Golf Course in Largo, Florida, the lake has signs around warning members of the public to be aware of the aggressive alligators.

Largo police said in a statement: "At this time, detectives believe the victim was looking for frisbees in the water and a gator was involved.

"There are posted signs of no swimming in the lake."

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An alligator swims in Taylor Lake. Pic: Martha Asencio-Rhine/Tampa Bay Times

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission said that there is a specialist working to remove an alligator from the lake to allow experts the chance to establish if it was involved in the death of the 47-year-old man.

Visitors to the disc course have said that they frequently see people looking for lost frisbees so they can sell them on for a few dollars each.

Ken Hostnick told the Tampa Bay Times: "These are people that are down on their luck, sometimes they dive in the lakes, they'll pull out 40 discs. You may sell them for five bucks a piece, and you may sell them for 10 bucks a piece, depending on the quality."

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A specialist is working to remove an alligator from the lake. Pic: Martha Asencio-Rhine/Tampa Bay Times

Authorities have told people to avoid the lake while the investigation is underway. If the death is confirmed as an alligator attack, it will be the first fatal attack in Florida since 2019.

Wildlife officials stress that no one should ever approach a wild alligator or feed them, if a person feeds the reptiles, they then associate people with food.

Alligators have recently flourished and can be found almost everywhere in the state after they were once considered endangered animals in Florida.

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