The Alachua County Fire Rescue Department told the Gainesville Sun that a cassowary killed the man on Friday on the property near Gainesville, likely using its long claws. The victim was apparently breeding the birds, state wildlife officials said.
"My understanding is that the gentleman was in the vicinity of the bird and at some point fell. When he fell, he was attacked," Deputy Chief Jeff Taylor told the newspaper.
He said first responders got a call on Friday morning and rushed the man to a hospital for trauma care but he died.
The county sheriff's office identified the victim as Marvin Hajos, 75.