ORLANDO, Fla. (WFLA) – The alligator responsible for the attack that killed a boy at a Walt Disney World resort has been removed from the Seven Seas Lagoon, officials with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission said on Wednesday.
An alligator thought to be about 7-feet long snatched Lane Graves as he waded in shallow water at dusk on June 14. The beach was located on a man-made lake and had “no swimming” signs, but there were no alligator warning signs.
The boy’s body was found less than a day later. Since the accident, Disney has added alligator warning signs and a fence around the lake.
FWC crews began conducting humane gator trapping in the area shortly after the attack and removed a total of six alligators as of June 16.
FWC officials say they are confident the gator responsible for the attack was among the alligators that were trapped. They based their conclusion on expert analysis and observations by their staffers who have extensive experience in gator bite investigations.
FWC shared these investigation details:
- FWC Statewide Nuisance Alligator Program trappers captured three alligators in the size range believed to fit the subject animal.
“There are no words to describe the profound sadness we feel for the family of Lane Graves,” said Nick Wiley, executive director of the FWC. “We will continue to keep this family close to our hearts as they deal with the pain and grief of the loss of Lane.”
FWC officials reminded Floridians and visitors to call the agency’s toll-free Nuisance Alligator Hotline at 866-FWC-GATOR (866-392-4286) if they see a dangerous reptile.