• Gator removals at Disney on the rise since toddler's death

    By: WFTV.com

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    ORANGE COUNTY, Fla. -

    State wildlife officials said they've captured and removed several dozen alligators from Walt Disney World since a toddler was killed by one last year.

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    An alligator grabbed Lane Graves, 3, of Omaha, Nebraska, as he played on a beach outside Disney's Grand Floridian Resort on June 14, 2016.

    The gator pulled him under water in front of his parents.

    Data from the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission shows that 16 alligators were removed from the resort in June 2016 and another 17 were captured in July 2016.

    Before Graves’s death, 24 alligators had been removed from Disney properties that year, according to FWC officials.

    That number doubled to 53 from the day of his death to the end of 2016.

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