Beaches at Disney resorts reopen following deadly gator attack

Lane Graves, age 2. (Source: Orange County Sheriff's Department)

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (WESH) —The beaches at Walt Disney World resorts have reopened nine days after an alligator fatally attacked a 2-year-old boy.

Lane Graves, of Nebraska waded into a lagoon near Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa southwest of Orlando last Tuesday. As he stood in about a foot of water, an alligator grabbed him and dragged him underwater.

A dive team found the toddler’s body Wednesday, intact, in 6 feet of murky water about 10 to 15 yards from where he was snatched.

In the week following the attack, Disney added a fence and warning signs to the beach near the Grand Floridian Resort.

On Wednesday, Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission officials said they’re “confident” they’ve caught the alligator that killed Graves.

Records released by Florida wildlife officials say 240 nuisance alligators have been trapped on Walt Disney World property over the past decade.

The agency listed 15 alligators caught on Disney property from the beginning of this year through May. It didn’t include the six trapped since the June 14 attack and it didn’t specify where the gators were captured.

Last year, 16 gators were captured on Disney property. Statewide, 6,706 alligators were harvested in 2014, the most recent year reflected in the agency’s statistics.

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