Young alligator trapped in Chicago River
CHICAGO (AP) — A city official says a young alligator spotted in the North Branch of the Chicago River has been caught in a humane trap and will soon be on its way to someplace warmer and safer.
Executive Director Cherie Travis of the Chicago Animal Care & Control Commission says the alligator trapped early Friday was only about 2½ feet long, and was probably someone’s discarded pet.
The alligator was first spotted Thursday morning from a small park in back of Lane Tech High school. Travis says attempts to catch it with a net Thursday failed, but a member of the Chicago Herpetological Society set out a trap and found the alligator in it about 5 a.m. Friday.
Travis noted that it is illegal for Illinois residents to keep alligators as pets.