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250 gators removed from Disney since boy died in 2016 attack

Two-year-old Lane Thomas Graves was killed in June 2016, after a gator grabbed him at the Grand Floridian Resort and Spa.
Searchers look for an alligator that attacked a two year old child at a Disney resort  PHOTO: WESH TV/Orlando

ORLANDO, Fla. — Wildlife officials in Florida have removed 250 alligators from Disney properties in the five years since a 2-year-old boy was killed by one at the Grand Floridian Resort and Spa. 

The company has worked with trappers contracted through the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission to remove the alligators. Agency spokeswoman Tammy Sapp says most of the nuisance gators are euthanized and sold for their hide and meat. Some are also transferred to alligator farms, animal exhibits and zoos. 

Disney also installed a wall and put up reptile warning signs along waterways throughout its resorts after Lane Thomas Graves was killed in June 2016.