In 2016 a 2-year-old boy, Lane Thomas, was attacked and killed by an alligator at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort. Since that tragic event, approximately 250 gators have been removed from Disney properties in Florida. Disney also erected a lighthouse memorial at Disney’s Grand Floridian to honor Lane.
Lane’s family also founded the Lane Thomas Foundation to remember him and to provide support to families with children in need of life-saving organ transplants.
Disney has been working with Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation (FWC) to trap and remove the gators. In addition to those removal efforts, Disney has also constructed barriers and other means to keep guests safe from gators. Areas at the Walt Disney World Resort that are near water have fencing, boulder walls and warning signs.
The Orlando Sentinel reports that experts on animal biology and conservation say these removal efforts do not negatively impact the Florida alligator population. The alligator population is relatively stable at around 1.3 million alligators in Florida.
No fatal gator attacks have happened at Disney since 2016.
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