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Alligator bites Winter Haven golfer in knee

News Release

Thursday, April 26, 2012

Media contact: Gary Morse, 863-648-3852

When Albert Miller attempted to use a ball retriever to remove his golf ball from a water hazard at the 15th green at Lake Ashton Golf Club in Winter Haven, a 9-foot alligator bit him on the left knee. Miller’s three golfing partners went to his aid and pulled him out of water, away from the alligator.

Miller, 75, of 4035 Ashton Club Drive, Winter Haven, was transported to Winter Haven Hospital with serious, but not life-threatening, injuries to his left knee.

The incident happened at about 4 p.m. April 25. FWC trappers quickly located and caught the alligator.

Reptiles like alligators tend to be more active during warmer parts of the year. For more information, consult the “Living with Alligators” brochure at or call the nearest FWC regional office.

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