TAMPA — 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.