Officials “confident” alligator that killed boy was caught

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Lane Graves; the victim of an alligator attack at Walt Disney World. (Image Credit: Orange County Sheriff's Office)

It appears the alligator that snatched and killed a two-year-old Nebraska boy near a Walt Disney World resort has been located.

CBS News and the Associated Press report The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission has suspended alligator trapping activities in the area, after six alligators were removed.

So how do experts know they have the right gator?

The conclusion comes from “expert analyses and observations by staff with extensive experience in investigating fatal alligator bites.”

“Based on past experience, the alligator responsible is usually located in close proximity to the attack site,” an FWC statement said, as reported by CBS affiliate WKMG.

Graves was killed on June 14th, when his family attended a movie night at the beach, at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort and Spa. The toddler reportedly walked out into shallow water just before the gator attacked. The child’s parents tried to save the child but were unsuccessful.

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