66 year old Steve Gustafson of Sumter County has a few battle wounds.
But a seven foot one hundred and thirty pound gator didn't get his pup.
Gustafson was trimming his oak tree on Friday when his dog Bounce got a little too close to the water.
Gustafson jumped in belly flopping on top of the Gator and says he grabbed hold of its back leg.
The gator whipped around and snapped at Gustafson's hand. However
before he took a second bite.
Gustafson and his dog were able to get away.
The gator was trapped and killed two days later by a Florida Fish And Wildlife Officer.