Man savaged to death by alligator while searching for frisbee in infested lake

A 47-year-old man has been killed by an alligator while attempting to retrieve his frisbee at a local park, police believe.

Officers in the Largo Police Department (LPD) believe that 47-year-old John S. Taylor Park likely entered the lake in Largo in search of a missing frisbee disc before encountering the reptile.

It is believed that Park went 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 at an 18-hole frisbee golf course in Florida, America with many of the holes running adjacent to the lake, known to be populated by fierce alligators and reptiles.

The dangerous reptiles reside in the waters, with the waterside peppered by warning signs notifying frisbee disc players of the dangerous waters.

Signs scattered across the riverside note that alligators are within the water and that people should be wary of the predator and under no circumstances head into the waters for a swim.

Local disc golf player Ken Hostnick, 56, told the Tampa Bay Times that while he didn't know of the man who died, he did know of people who had entered the lake to retrieve discs, despite the obvious risks.

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Hostnick said: "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."

Park is said to have been savaged and killed by an alligator residing in the waters after wading in to retrieve a disc he had been using while playing on the course, The Mirror reported.

Charlie Goodpasture, 34, owner of PureLine Disc Gold said: "When people come to town, that’s one of the courses I point people towards to see the attraction of the large alligators.

"It’s something I warn people about when they come to town, just because us locals know that there are quite a few gators there."

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