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Firefighters Warned Not to Feed Gators Near Disney: Emails

Reedy Creek Emergency Services admonished firefighters for feeding at least one of two alligators

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    Newly installed signs warn of alligators and snakes on a closed section of beach on June 18, 2016, in Orlando, Florida, following the death of a 2-year-old boy killed by an alligator near a Walt Disney World hotel.

    Firefighters at Walt Disney World were warned to stop feeding alligators at one of the resort's fire stations two months before an alligator killed a toddler.

    According to emails obtained by the Orlando Sentinel, Reedy Creek Emergency Services admonished firefighters for feeding at least one of two alligators at a station less than a half-mile from Seven Seas Lagoon where 2-year-old son Lane Graves was killed after being pulled into the water by a gator.

    Feeding alligators is illegal.

    The email said employees were afraid after one gator was spotted near the parking lot and asked officials to remove it.

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    Reedy Creek District Administrator John Classe said Disney's animal-control department was contacted but he did not know whether either alligator was ever removed.

    A Disney spokeswoman said Wednesday it was unclear whether the gator had been removed.