Authorities Searching For 5-Foot-Long Alligator Spotted In Chicago Lagoon

Authorities Searching For 5-Foot-Long Alligator Spotted In Chicago Lagoon”

Officials confirmed on Tuesday evening that the live reptile is lurking in suburban Humboldt Park lagoon - less than five miles from Chicago's bustling downtown.

"They could be sitting right here where this little piece of wood is floating and we wouldn't even know it", said Chicago Herpetological Society's 'Alligator Bob.' "He could just suddenly sink down and that's what he's been doing".

Authorities aim to have the animal, estimated to be 1.2 to 1.5 metres long, humanely trapped and relocated to a zoo for veterinary evaluation, said Chicago police spokesperson Anthony Guglielmi on Twitter.

Bob believes that as the "gator gets more comfortable, he will start to explore the lagoon, making it more hard to locate and catch him".

It's not your average morning in Humboldt Park in Chicago today - officials are trying to trap an alligator spotted in the lagoon there. This will cause the alligator to become afraid and submerge into the water. "He pops up, we see him, and then he sinks down". "Ah, I can't come here no more... but now, with these things here, you never know". Police are investigating who released the wild animal into the lagoon as well, according to ABC 7 Chicago. Exactly when the animal would be removed is unclear, she said.

Chicago police officers and Chicago Animal Care and Control were on the scene in the 1400 block of North Humboldt Drive to assist Illinois Conservation Police, a Chicago police spokeswoman said.

It "will probably be scared and try to hide", she added. Bob was using a canoe to monitor the perimeter of the lagoon and bait the animal. But police are asking people to stay out of the water.

The investigation into the alligator's whereabouts and who potentially released him into the lagoon are still ongoing, according to authorities.

The animal, measuring between four and five feet long, was first spotted earlier in the day. We've notified animal control but have not confirmed this is a legitimate call as of yet.

This, however, isn't the first time that Chicagoans have been alerted to an alligator in the region. Authorities said the alligator was likely a pet that someone turned loose.

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