Second Alligator Sighted Along Chicago River Just North of Belmont

A three-to-five-foot alligator was sighted about 5:30 p.m. Sunday on the bank of the Chicago River North Branch just north of Belmont Avenue. The location is very close to the location of another sighting of an alligator earlier this August.

Chicago police and animal control officers responded to search for an alligator Thursday, August 5, 2010 in the North Branch of the Chicago River in West Lakeview, but suspended the search until after 10 p.m., when the young animal would 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. A 2½-foot alligator captured on August 6, 2010.

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