Chicago gator search continues

National News

July 11, 2019 - 10:42 AM

An alligator-like creature floats in the Humboldt Park Lagoon Tuesday in Chicago. CHICAGO TRIBUNE/ARMANDO L. SANCHEZ/TNS

CHICAGO — The search for an alligator spotted in Chicago’s Humboldt Park Lagoon entered its second day Wednesday, as police warned people to leave the gator trapping to a volunteer animal wrangler known as Alligator Bob, who was checking traps he set Tuesday night in hopes of catching the animal.

Authorities had been called to the lagoon around noon Tuesday, several hours after people started reported seeing the reptile there and sharing photos of it on social media.

Authorities Tuesday afternoon “independently confirmed the alligator is in the lagoon and state reptile specialists” said it was 4 to 5 feet long, police spokesman Anthony Guglielmi said in a tweet Tuesday. Officials had hoped to trap the animal Tuesday night and have it “relocated to a zoo for veterinary evaluation,” Guglielmi had said.

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