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Firefighters Were Warned About Feeding Alligators at Disney Resort, Emails Show: Report

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Image: Warning signs erected after death of Lane Graves
Signs warning of alligators and snakes were installed following the death of 2-year-old Lane Gravess near a Walt Disney World hotel in Orlando, Florida.Spencer Platt / Getty Images

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LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla.— 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.

Related: Body of 2-Year-Old Dragged Into Water by Alligator Near Disney Found

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.

Related: Disney Reviewing 'Signage' After Toddler Dragged to Death by Alligator

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.

Image: Warning signs erected after death of Lane Graves
Signs warning of alligators and snakes were installed following the death of 2-year-old Lane Gravess near a Walt Disney World hotel in Orlando, Florida.Spencer Platt / Getty Images

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