Florida man attacked by alligator in his yard

The man was airlifted to Ocala Regional Medical Center, the Sheriff's office said.

Officials responded to the call at 6:30 p.m. and found the man lying on the ground about 5 feet from the gator.

Hofecker said there is a pond on the man's property, but it is not clear where on the land he was bitten. As father and son were talking, the gator lunged at Hildreth and bit him on the leg.

The attack comes a week after an alligator killed a two-year-old Nebraska boy who was vacationing with his family at Disney World outside Orlando.

According to the report, when the alligator trappers arrived, they used a bang stick to hit the 8-foot, 8-inch animal over the head - ultimately killing it. "How did this take place", Chad Weber of the Florida Wildlife Commission said.

A captive alligator is pictured as it rains in Oviedo, Florida, U.S., June 18, 2016. The child had been wading in shallow waters at the edge of the Seven Seas Lagoon at Disney's Grand Floridian resort.

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