Alligator in Chicago lagoon has been captured

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CHICAGO (NBC) — The alligator in Chicago’s Humboldt Park Lagoon was captured overnight into Tuesday morning after a weeklong search mission, according to NBC Chicago.

Chicago officials and wildlife experts caught the alligator in the overnight hours, police said early Tuesday, one full week after it was first spotted swimming in the lagoon.

It was first spotted the morning of July 9, with Illinois Conservation Police and Animal Care and Control responding to the scene.

Animal Control then brought in a reptile specialist dubbed “Gator Bob” who took over the effort to place live humane traps that night. The lagoon was fenced off Sunday night and an expert from Florida was brought in to try a new approach in the hunt.

The Chicago Sun-Times newspaper says there will be a press conference about the capture sometime Tuesday morning or afternoon.

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