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Disney resort quietly battled gator problem for years

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>> What started out as a family vacation here at the happiest place on earth, quickly turned into horror.>> A two-year-old boy found dead.>> Almost immediately after an alligator snatched and killed a two year old boy at a Walt Disney resort, a Disney representative called the incident quote, a tragic accident.
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But though there were no warning signs about the reptiles where the attack occurred, documents obtained by Reuters show that Disney has been aware of its alligator problem for years. Reuters correspondent Jeffery Dastin.>> State records show that Disney has killed more than 240 alligators over the past 10 years.
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That's about 24 per year. When you think about how that happens, Disney has told all its staff whether you're a gardener or whether you're Mickey Mouse to alert their internal pest control team if they see an alligator.>> We can go to a lake, we can go that night and clear out every alligator that we seen, and then you could come back the next morning and there could be an alligator there.
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>> Ronzi spent five years trapping gators for Disney. He says the reptiles are a problem everywhere in Florida and one that's nearly impossible to contain.>> As far as prevent it, the only way you can 100% prevent it would be to not allow people that close to the water.
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The only way you're going to prevent alligator and human interaction is separate people.>> Florida law says alligators trapped under four feet in length, must be released back into the wild. Larger alligators are euthanized, trappers can sell them for hides and meat. Records show the largest alligator caught on Disney's property was 13 feet long.
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Disney declined to comment to Reuters for this story, but did not dispute the public record. On Wednesday, Florida's Fish and Wildlife Commission said they were confident they'd trapped and terminated the animal that killed two year old Lane Graves. It was the sixth gator trappers pulled from Disney's waters since the Nebraska boy's death.