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Officials: Alligator In Graves Attack Has Been Killed (Photos)

| by Jonathan Constante

Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission officials say they believe they’ve captured the alligator responsible for dragging 2-year-old Lane Graves into the Seven Seas Lagoon at Walt Disney World.

In a news release issued June 23, officials said they have suspended alligator trapping at the Seven Seas Lagoon and are confident the alligator responsible for Lane's death has been removed, the Daily Mail reported.

Officials said a total of six alligators were “humanely removed” from the lagoon.

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A spokesperson confirmed that they were able to identify the reptile through "expert analyses and observations by staff with extensive experience in investigating fatal alligator bite incidents,” People reported.

The commission said the proximity of the attack and witness accounts were also taken into consideration. They confirmed that the animal was euthanized.

"While results of a bite were inconclusive, subject matter experts were able to conclude that either of the two suspect alligators captured near the attack site were capable of inflicting the observed wounds," the FWC said in a statement.

The statement goes on to say that "DNA was collected from the victim and all alligators captured. Results from the victim's wounds were negative for animal DNA, and no comparison could be made."

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Lane was tragically pulled to his death at Disney's Grand Floridian Resort and Spa by the alligator on June 14. His body was found intact the following afternoon, and an autopsy determined he died from drowning and traumatic injuries, IBT reported.

The lagoon did have a no swimming sign, but did not have a sign mentioning alligators. Disney has since unveiled a new sign.

"There are no words to describe the profound sadness we feel for the family of Lane Graves," executive director of the FWC, Nick Wiley, said in a statement. "We will continue to keep this family close to our hearts as they deal with the pain and grief of the loss of Lane."

The commission added that alligator attacks are "a very rare occurrence in Florida."

"FWC works diligently to keep Floridians and our visitors safe and informed on what to do if they spot a potentially dangerous alligator," the statement continued.

Sources: Daily Mail, People, IBT / Photo credit: Orange County Sheriff's Office via People

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