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

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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.

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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.

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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