A 47-year-old man was killed by an alligator while trying to retrieve his frisbee at a local park, police say.
Largo Police Department (LPD) officers believe John S. Taylor Park, 47, likely entered Largo Lake in search of a missing Frisbee disc before encountering the reptile.
Park is believed to have gone to retrieve the Frisbee from the lake before being bitten by the reptile and later dying, with investigators initially believing he had drowned.
Park was on an 18-hole Frisbee golf course in Florida, America, with many holes adjacent to the lake, known to be populated by ferocious alligators and reptiles.
Dangerous reptiles reside in the waters, with the water’s edge dotted with warning signs advising Frisbee players of dangerous waters.
Signs strewn along the river indicate that the alligators are in the water and people should beware of the predator and under no circumstances go into the waters to swim.
Local disc golf player Ken Hostnick, 56, told the Tampa Bay Times that while he didn’t know the deceased man, he knew people who had entered the lake to retrieve discs, despite the obvious risks.
Hostnick said: “These are unlucky people. Sometimes they dive into the lakes, they pull out 40 discs. You can sell them for five dollars apiece, and you can sell them for $10 apiece, according to the quality.”
Park was reportedly savaged and killed by a resident alligator in the waters after he waded out to retrieve a disc he was using while playing the course, The Mirror reported.
Charlie Goodpasture, 34, owner of PureLine Disc Gold, said: “When people come to town, this is one of the routes I direct people to to see the big alligator attraction.
“It’s something I warn people about when they come to town, just because we locals know there are quite a few alligators there.”
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