Alligator Found Living In Chicago’s Humboldt Park Lagoon

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People continue to search for the lagoon alligator

Alligator In Chicago’s Humboldt Park Lagoon Continues For A Second Day

A little bit of panic has set in at Humboldt Park Lagoon in Chicago. Officials are warning people who have decided to engage in alligator hunting, to leave the job to professionals. Authorities in Chicago were called to the famed lagoon after several different people reported seeing the animal swimming in the water. Furthermore, according to officials, the alligator calls started to come in on Tuesday morning.

The first responders arrived at noon, and viewed pictures of the alligator in the water. Before the first officials arrived, the pictures were already circulating on social media. To confirm what was actually in the water, police called a ‘state reptile specialist’ to the lagoon. The presence of the animal in the lagoon was confirmed, and said to be 5 to 6 feet long.

Authorities Have No Information On How The Alligator Got In The Lagoon

Anthony Guglielmi, a spokesperson for the Chicago Police Department, said they were hoping to catch the alligator on Tuesday. The search team was at the lagoon on Wednesday, the alligator was spotted again on Wednesday. All attempts to trap it on Wednesday failed, and the search was called off at night fall. According to Guglielmi the goal of the search is to trap the alligator safely and humanly and transport it to a veterinarian for observation.

Out of sheer frustration the police department called on a known alligator expert, who goes by the name, ‘Volunteer Bob’. Bob refuses to disclose his real name for unknown reasons. According to witnesses that were on the scene on Tuesday, ‘Bob’ set three separate traps. ‘Bob’ has worked with the police department in the past, on the capture of exotic animals that needed to captured. ‘Volunteer Bob’ was actively still searching for the alligator on Wednesday, he said that he believes it’s an ‘American Alligator.’

Officials Think The Animal Was Once Someone’s Pet & Eventually Placed It In The Lagoon

On Wednesday police speculated that the animal once was kept as a pet. They went on to say they see this ‘situation constantly with exotic animals. People get these pets, ‘thinking it would be really cool, and then they can’t handle it.’ The police went on to say, animals are a lot of work, exotic animals even more work. ‘Volunteer Bob’ said he would not be involved in the search if he believed that the alligator would be killed or harmed. He set traps that contain harmless bait, like raw chicken, rat and blue gill.

After checking the traps on Wednesday, Bob said, the traps remain undisturbed. There was a little bit of activity by turtles nipping at small amounts of the bait, but not the alligator. Depending on size and type alligators can stay under water for 20 minutes to an hour, making capture tricky. In fact, Bob thinks the alligator is between 4 to 10 years old. Lastly, he will have to examine it to know for sure he said. The search will continue on Thursday.

Reference

https://www.chicagotribune.com/news/breaking/ct-humboldt-park-lagoon-gator-day-two-20190710-he4bdnu2cngx3kannrk2iugzui-story.html

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