Deputy shoots alligator clamped onto Florida trapper's leg

In this May 1, 2011 photo provided by the Alachua County Sheriff's office, a 10-foot-long alligator takes a bite out of a Florida deputy sheriff's cruiser in Gainesville, Fla. while the deputy was waiting for an alligator trapper to show up. Sheriff's spokesman Todd Kelly said the car's front bumper was heavily damaged. (AP Photo/Alachua County Sheriff's Office)

In this May 1, 2011 photo provided by the Alachua County Sheriff's office, a 10-foot-long alligator takes a bite out of a Florida deputy sheriff's cruiser in Gainesville, Fla. while the deputy was waiting for an alligator trapper to show up. Sheriff's spokesman Todd Kelly said the car's front bumper was heavily damaged. (AP Photo/Alachua County Sheriff's Office)

— A 6-foot-long alligator bit a trapper on the leg as the trapper tried to capture the creature.

The Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office reports that the trapper — whose name was not released — was trying to catch the alligator along a roadside Wednesday night.

As he tried to ensnare the reptile, it bit his leg and wouldn't let go. A deputy shot the gator, which then released its grip from the man's leg.

The trapper was taken to an area hospital. Deputies said his wound does not appear life-threatening.

The condition of the gator was not released.

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission is investigating.

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