Chicago authorities and animal control are hunting an elusive alligator, nicknamed Chance the Snapper, who skillfully evades captivity while hiding in a lagoon.
The alligator was first seen in the Humboldt Park lagoon in Chicago on the morning of July 9, causing city officials to work day and night during the day to capture the gator in a humane manner, said a spokesperson for Chicago Animal Care and Control. ABC news.
Authorities would use traps – with bait including chicken drums, fish and rats – set up around the clock and checked every two hours by a police or animal control officer, but so far Chance the Snapper has not bit.
Alligator Chance that the Snapper has skilfully avoided the capture for the fourth day. It is seen here & # 39; at night in the lagoon of Humboldt Park in Chicago on July 9 when it was first seen
So far, Chance the Snapper has not included the bait in traps placed on it
Chicago police officers and animal inspectors visited the lagoon day and night, keeping an eye on Chance, while also checking the traps every two hours
& # 39; We don't know when the alligator last ate and if he's not hungry or too nervous to eat, then it's just a waiting game, & # 39; said Jenny Schlueter, spokeswoman for Chicago Animal Care and Control, saying it could be & # 39; weeks & # 39; or months until he eats again. & # 39;
The alligator has not yet started hunting local animals, according to reports.
It is thought that Chance the Snapper, who is between four and five feet tall, was a pet that had recently fallen into the lagoon.
If that's the case, Schlueter said it would take the gator some time to get used to his new eight-hectare house, which would also help explain why it didn't go for a certain bait.
Moreover, if it previously lived in captivity, the gator may be skittish by suddenly being surrounded by wild life and the sudden noise of all townspeople.
Among the volunteers who help catch Chance, & # 39; Alligator Bob & # 39 ;, is a member of the Chicago Herpetological Society, which has been working with reptiles for 60 years.
Chance was last seen on Thursday by a police officer, according to a police tweet
The authorities hope that Chance will soon acclimatize to his new environment and go for the traps so that they can catch him in a humane way
Chicago police and Chicago Animal Care and Control can be seen here in the lagoon
A warning poster has been drawn up to advise the local population to stay out of the water and tall grass to prevent attacks
Alligator Bob is said to have been monitoring the traps in the last few days and checked for Chance in a canoe across the lagoon, especially at night, when the chance of catching the gator increases.
& # 39; I tried to get close to him in the canoe with the wind, but he likes to play a submarine, as soon as you are less than a meter away from him, he sinks down, & # 39; Alligator told Bob WGN9.
He also said it would not be so easy to catch Chance, even if he was close enough because & # 39; You can't jump on the water, you can't use a net, you can't catch it because you can I don't see and the last thing you want to do is catch the wrong end of a gator. & # 39;
With the hunt for Chance extending to nearly a week, officials are now considering crawling out of the trap in their attempt to capture the Gator.
Volunteer & # 39; Alligator Bob & # 39; is seen here on his canoe and keeps an eye on Chance the Snapper
The alligator is supposed to have been a pet that was dumped illegally in the lagoon on Tuesday
A trap set for Chance. Bait contains chicken drums, rats and fish
One of the methods investigated is the idea of using an underwater speaker that plays baby crocodile sounds to see if the local alligator hears it and that it is old enough to respond, "Alligator told Bob. ABC 7.
Chance was last seen by a police officer on Thursday at 2:00 am.
Authorities have posted warning signs in the area around the lagoon and told people to stay out of the water and away from tall grass to prevent them being attacked by the alligator.
& # 39; A MEMORY: this alligator is a wild animal and represents a huge danger to anyone who can come into contact with it. Please do not consider police bands or temporary fences because they are in place to ensure public safety while we work to catch the animal, & # 39; the Chicago Police Department tweeted Thursday.
The lagoon of Humboldt Park is connected to a beach that is a hotspot for swimmers in the summer. However, the lagoon has recently closed due to dangerous algae levels.
The Chicago police are investigating who might have released the alligator in the lagoon.
It is claimed that it is a crime to own a pet crocodile in Illinois and it is illegal to leave a pet in a public park.
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