A 58-year-old man was attacked by an 8- to 9-foot alligator in Bushnell on Tuesday, according to the Sumter County sheriff.

The man, who was checking on his horses on private property when bitten on the right leg about 6:30 p.m., was airlifted to Ocala Regional Medical Center.

The attack occurred near County Road 311.

A trapper has caught the alligator.