Nearly 250 gators caught at Disney World over the last 10 years

Posted at 9:33 AM, Jun 23, 2016
and last updated 2016-06-23 18:10:38-04

Alligators at Walt Disney world in Orlando are more common than you might expect.

Following the death of Lane Graves, a 2-year-old Nebraska boy who was snatched by a gator at the resort earlier this month, WPTV requested information about Disney’s ‘open permit’ that allows the theme park to remove nuisance gators from its property.

Records obtained WPTV, show that since 2006 nearly 250 gators, an average of 2 per month, have been removed from Disney property.

The average size of the nuisance reptilians measured 6-and-a-half feet, but there have been some larger ones including a 13-foot gator that was caught in January 2015.

With 16 alligators that have been removed since January, 2016 is shaping up to be the third most active year for gator removal right behind 2011 and 2014 when in just the month of April, 21 gators were removed.

Statewide, 6,706 alligators were harvested in 2014.