A resident has been killed at Myrtle Beach Golf and Yacht Club in South Carolina after being snatched by a large alligator while cutting grass near a pond.
A huge, 11-foot alligator has killed a man after snatching him from a South Carolina pond on Friday - The victim was reportedly taken by the alligator while cutting grass around the pond that their homeowners' association had refused to cut.
Horry County fire department said they had been called to the scene at the Myrtle Beach Golf and Yacht Club, initially from reports of an incident in the water at a community pond.
A police spokeswoman Mikayla Moskov said that by the time authorities had arrived at the scene, around 11.45am, "units determined that an alligator had taken hold of a neighbour, and retreated into a nearby retention pond."
Horry County police said that the body of the victim had been removed from the pond upon their arrival.
The alligator was euthanized by the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources alligator removal service.
Police have said that there is no ongoing threat to residents and travelers in the area.
One resident posted on Facebook that the attack took place after the condominium complex refused to cut the grass around the retention ponds, she said that they have been asking for traps to be installed for years.
Trea Donohoe wrote on a community Facebook group: "The entire reason it happened is because the HOA refused to cut the grass around the pond anymore, so the homeowner went out there and took it upon himself to do it, and that's how it happened."
Local police said in a statement: "Our hearts go out to the family and community members impacted by this tragic incident."
On May 8, resident Jason Repak tweeted a photo of an alligator coming out of the pond, joking that three alligators must have escaped a nearby alligator zoo.
After Friday's attack that left a man dead, Mr Repak replied to his tweet, saying: "I couldn't have imagined that it was likely one of these alligators that would later kill a man.
"My prayers and heart go out to the family, as my arms wrap tighter around my kids and dogs near these ponds."
Mr Repak told MrHorryNews that several 12 to 14-foot alligators are frequently seen in the retention pond of the condominium community.
He said: "We've never gone anywhere close to them. When we walk the dogs near that pond, we walk them in the median. We don't walk them on that bank because you just don't know where they're lurking."