Attack occurred at the Cypress Lakes 55+ retirement community at 10000 U.S. 98 North.

LAKELAND — An 85-year-old man was bitten on the foot by a nearly 10-foot alligator Monday at a retirement community in North Lakeland, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission reported.

Melody Kilborn, a spokeswoman with the FWC, said officials were confident they have removed the 9-foot, 9-inch alligator from a pond where the man was bitten. He was taken to Lakeland Regional Health Medical Center.

A Facebook post by the Cypress Lakes 55+ community at 10000 U.S. 98 North reported that a man entered a "water/wooded area" of the community that is "commonly inhabited by gators in an effort to flush out birds nearby."

The post said the activity resulted "in quite a commotion," which led to the man being bitten by an alligator.

It went on to say that the man will be OK and the removal of the gator was underway.