Officials remove hundreds of gators from Disney

An alligator suns itself at Disney's Polynesian Village Resort. Credit: Chad Sparkes

Wildlife officials with Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission and private trappers have removed 250 alligators from Disney properties in central Florida since 2016. The removals began after an alligator (Alligator mississippiensis) killed a 2-year-old boy at Grand Floridian Resort and Spa. Since then, most of the alligators removed are killed and sold for their hides and meat, while some are transferred to zoos, alligator farms and other facilities. Disney also built a wall and installed signs warning about the reptiles near waterways around the resorts. Biologists told The Associated Press that the removals shouldn’t impact the overall alligator population in Florida.

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