Lenoir City Golfer Survives Chomp By 11-Foot Gator

Venice, Fla. (AP) -- Authorities say a Tennessee man who lost his ball in a Venice, Florida, golf course pond survived a gator attack.

Bruce Burger managed to free himself after being chomped by the gator Monday. Wildlife officials say the alligator latched on to burger's right forearm and pulled him in the pond, said Gary Morse. He used his left arm to beat on the reptile until it freed him.

Burger, who is from Lenoir City, Tennessee, was taken to a hospital but was not seriously injured.

It took seven wildlife officers an hour to trap the one-eyed alligator, which measured ten feet, eleven inches.

The pond at the sixth hole has a "beware of alligator" sign posted because the staff is aware that a large alligator likes to hang out there.

(Copyright 2007 by the Associated Press. All rights reserved.)

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