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Officials believe they’ve captured alligator that killed boy

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    In this Friday, June, 17, 2016 photo released by Walt Disney World Resort, a new sign is seen posted on a beach outside a hotel at a Walt Disney World resort in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. Private family services have been scheduled for a 2-year-old Nebraska boy killed by an alligator at Disney World. Authorities say an alligator pulled Lane Graves into the water last Tuesday, June 14, 2016, despite the frantic efforts of his father. Lane’s body was recovered Wednesday.

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. >> Florida wildlife officials believe they’ve captured the alligator that dragged a 2-year-old Nebraska boy into the Seven Seas Lagoon at Walt Disney World.

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission said in a news release Wednesday that it has suspended alligator trapping activities in the area. The release says officials have based their conclusions on expert analyses and observations by staff with extensive experience in investigating fatal alligator bites. A total of six alligators were removed.

Authorities say an alligator pulled Lane Graves into the water June 14, despite the frantic efforts of his father. Lane’s body was recovered the next day. An autopsy showed the boy died from drowning and traumatic injuries.

The beach at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort and Spa is across a lake from the Magic Kingdom.

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  • Ok, so what do they plan to do with the gator now, eat it out of spite then stuff it and hang it on the wall? As unfortunate as the tragedy was, no one nor any animal is to blame but the parents of this poor toddler for blatantly disregarding the clearly posted signs warning everyone to NOT enter the water.

    • I don’t think the parents are to blame. I don’t think anybody is, including the hotel. Stuff happens in places where dangerous animals are native to that area. It’s sad, but not anyone’s “fault.”

    • What signs? You need to get a clue before you start throwing around accusations. At the time the incident happened, there were no warning signs other then “No Swimming”, and they weren’t swimming. They (Disney) has since added signs specifically mentioning alligators and snakes. If you aren’t from the area, and come from somewhere that these hazards don’t exist, you assume it is ok to stand ankle deep on the shoreline.

  • did they interrogate that alligator or make it go through a lie detector test?
    perhaps someone picked it out of a alligator lineup or it matched the DNA testing,
    how can you really know for sure.

  • Where was Happy Gilmore when we needed him? 🙁 All kidding aside, it was a tragedy that could happen to anyone in the area. For every gator that we do see, there are several more that we don’t see. Like sharks in the waters of Hawaii, these gators are unpredictable and we are in their habitat. Best to be vigilant, but it is impossible to eliminate the treat of gators in their own habitat.

    • Excellent comparison HRS. I hope “dragoninwater” read your comment. Using his/her reasoning, no one should be allowing their children anywhere near our shores. They could get attacked by a shark, eel, scorpion fish, humpback whale, orka (one cant’ be too safe and assume they wont be here), jet ski, over-aggressive surfer, or a million other “obvious hazards” in our waters.

  • “extensive experience in investigating fatal alligator bites.” Yeah, all three cases since 2007. All it took was a quick glance and they knew they had the culprit.

  • Where was the “expert analyses and observations by staff with extensive experience in investigating fatal alligator bites” when they killed four other alligators while looking for the boy?

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