Disney is giving $30 to Florida trappers who catch gators on its behalf. 250 big ones have been fished out of Walt Disney World in the last 5 years.
Disney pays Florida's alligator hunters $ 30 for every reptile they catch on its property. Bruce Bennett / Getty Images; Jeff Gritchen / MediaNews Group / Orange County Register via Getty Images
Disney enlists the help of Florida alligator hunters to remove pesky alligators from its property.
Every caught alligator makes a trapper $ 30. Around 250 reptiles have been removed from Disney's Orlando estate in the past five years.
The trapping program began after a toddler was killed at Disney's Grand Floridian Resort and Spa in 2016.
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There is an alligator problem in Disney World and it has nothing to do with Captain Hook. To clear Disney's property of roaming reptiles, Florida's alligator trappers come to the rescue and receive $ 30 for every reptile they catch.
The zealous attempt to rid Disney of wandering alligators began after Lane Thomas Graves, 2, was attacked and killed by one of the creatures on a beach at Disney's Grand Floridian Resort in June 2016.
The Washington Post reported in 2017 that Disney World was teeming with alligators even before the tragic incident, and found that in the decade between May 2006 and August 2015, more than 220 alligators had been removed from its Orlando property.
According to a report by the Orlando Sentinel, around 250 alligators have been removed from Disney properties in the past five years.
The Sentinel spoke to Tammy Sapp, spokeswoman for the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC), who said most of the Disney alligators had been euthanized. Under Disney's agreement with the trappers, they can keep the profits from the alligator leather and meat sold.
Other alligators are being sent to farms, exhibits and zoos, while alligators are being moved under 4 feet, Sapp said.
"The FWC takes public safety seriously and is using the Targeted Harvest Area (THA) permits as part of a broader effort to achieve alligator management goals," Sapp told the Orlando Sentinel. "THA permits allow a managing agency to work directly with an FWC-appointed pesky alligator trapper, making the process of pesky alligator removal more proactive and streamlined."
According to the Florida FWC, there are around 1.3 million alligators in Florida alone. But not all of them can be considered a nuisance - the state mandates that alligators must be at least four feet long and pose a hazard to people, pets, and property in order to be removed.
According to the Florida FWC, the agency receives around 17,000 alligator complaints across the state and proactively removes nearly 8,000 alligators each year.
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