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85-year-old man attacked by alligator, dragged into woods; wife heard him screaming

An 85-year-old man was attacked by an alligator Monday in a Lakeland retirement community, deputies said.

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The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission officers said the alligator bit the man on the foot at a pond at Big Cypress Golf and Country Club in Lakeland.

The country club is located within the Cypress Lakes 55+ Community.

Officials said the 85-year-old is in stable condition and did not lose his foot

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Some residents in the area described the attack. 

“The guy was in the back of his house and the alligator came up out of the water,” said Jane Rickel. “(It) grabbed him by the leg and dragged him into the woods. His wife heard him screaming.”

The alligator was caught and transported off the property. 

FWC said the incident is still under investigation. 

No other details were released.

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Original  story: Someone was attacked by an alligator in a Lakeland retirement community on Monday, according to the Polk County Sheriff’s Office. 

The victim, whose gender and age were not released, was bit by an alligator at the Cypress Lakes 55+ Community.

The victim has been taken to the hospital. 

Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission officers and Polk County deputies are investigating.

No other details were released. 

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