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Disney World has killed hundreds of ‘nuisance’ alligators in past decade

In this Friday, June, 17, 2016 photo released by Walt Disney World Resort, a new sign is seen posted on a beach outside a hotel at a Walt Disney World resort in Lake Buena Vista, Fla.
In this Friday, June, 17, 2016 photo released by Walt Disney World Resort, a new sign is seen posted on a beach outside a hotel at a Walt Disney World resort in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. Associated Press

Walt Disney Co. has had more than 240 "nuisance" alligators captured and killed over the last 10 years at its Florida theme park property, according to state records.

The records reveal the park's constant struggle to keep alligators away from humans in a region where the creatures live and breed.

Last week, a 2-year-old boy at the Walt Disney World Resort died after an alligator attack at the edge of a hotel lagoon.

Critics questioned why Disney hadn't posted signs warning guests of the presence of alligators in the area; the company has since installed such signage.

Florida trapper Ron Ziemba says it's impossible to capture all the alligators. He said alligators can travel through many channels and waterways connecting to the lagoon.

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