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240 'Nuisance' Alligators Have Been Found and Trapped at Disney World in the Last Decade

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Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation insists that they’re confident the alligator that grabbed and drowned 2-year-old Lane Graves at Disney World’s Seven Seas Lagoon last week is dead. But this isn’t their first rodeo.

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The Orlando Sentinel reports that the FWC released records on Wednesday showing that 240 alligators have been covertly wrangled out of the most magical place on Earth in the last decade. 15 of them were removed just this year. Here’s an employee poking an alligator away from Splash Mountain in 2009:

That high number from 2016 may be attributed to the rash of alligator trappings that followed Lane Graves’ disappearance. Six were captured and euthanized since the attack, though the FWC has suspended alligator killings at Disney. The last one took place at 2 a.m. on June 16, but there will likely be more to come. It’s Florida.

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signofzeta
signofzeta

The death was tragic.

I have been shocked by the number of people who were surprised that alligators existed in the waters at/near DisneyWorld. As a general rule, you should suspect any fresh body of water in Florida has a gator in it.