Baby Alligator Sighted Near North Branch Chicago River, Lane Tech, DeVry, West Lakeview Neighborhood

Update: 2½-foot alligator captured on August 6, 2010.

Chicago police and animal control officers responded to search for an alligator this afternoon in the North Branch of the Chicago River in West Lakeview, but have suspended the search until after 10 p.m., when the young animal may be easier to find.

A person claimed to have seen an alligator about 11:30 a.m. near the 3400 block of North Rockwell Avenue.
The alligator sighting location was near Clark Park on the east bank of the Chicago River and near Lane Tech High School and DeVry University.

Police Marine Unit officers in boats and a kayak, and officers on land searched the area until just after 4 p.m.

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