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Authorities search for alligator in Humboldt Park Lagoon in Chicago

Posted at 12:01 PM, Jul 10, 2019

CHICAGO — Officials are trying to catch an alligator in the Humboldt Park Lagoon after witnesses reported seeing the four-foot reptile in the water, according to WGN.

Police, state conservation officers and city animal control officials were all called to try to find the elusive reptile Tuesday.

At least two people say they saw an alligator swimming in the lagoon’s murky water Tuesday morning.

Later in the day, police tweeted they confirmed the alligator was in the lagoon.

Police said the alligator will be "humanely trapped" and relocated to a zoo for evaluation.

Authorities are asking anyone who sees the alligator to call Animal Control. They are also warning residents to beware around the water and take care with small children and dogs near the water.

Police said they are still investigating.

The beach is currently open and there are no closures. But police are asking people to stay out of the water.

Ren Horst-Ruiz was at the lagoon around 6:30 a.m. and took pictures of the alligator he shared with WGN.  He said the animal appeared to be about 4 feet to 5 feet long.