‘Chance the Snapper’ snatched

By Mike Rundle and Steven Nunez

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  • Reptile specialist and animal wrangler, now known as "Alligator Bob," led the search for the gator spotted in Humboldt Park Lagoon July 10.

  • The hunt is on its second day Wednesday afternoon. Alligator Bob is hopeful the hunt will end within the week.

  • The alligator made very brief appearances, popping up occasionally.

  • Members of the media and other spectators watch as Alligator Bob paddles across Humboldt Park Lagoon.

  • Alligator Bob set three baited traps Tuesday night in an attempt to capture the alligator.

  • A spectator wearing alligator skin boots watches on as the search for the Humboldt Park alligator continues July 10.

  • A bystander placed a stuffed alligator at the water's edge of Humboldt Park Lagoon July 10.

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Witnesses spotted what they said was an alligator wading in the Humboldt Park Lagoon as early as Tuesday morning. One onlooker was quick enough to capture a photo,​ and Chicago officials later confirmed it was in fact an alligator.

Ranging between 4 ​to 5 feet long, Chicago Animal Control called in ​an animal wrangler and reptile specialist, now dubbed “Alligator Bob,” as the hunt began.

Traps set Tuesday night were unsuccessful, and the animal has evaded Alligator Bob’s other capture attempts.

The hunt continued Wednesday morning, whe​n residents gathered to catch a glimpse of the reptile. According to Alligator Bob, “Gators are scared of people,” therefore it poses no threat to bystanders.

Updated: 7/16/2019, 9:45 a.m.

The alligator living in the Humboldt Park Lagoon has been caught. The approximately 4-foot long alligator nicknamed “Chance the Snapper” evaded capture for almost a week.

After multiple futile attempts by “Alligator Bob,” city officials called on the help of Florida alligator experts.

The alligator is expected to be relocated to a zoo for veterinary evaluation, according to Chicago Police Department spokesperson Anthony Guglielmi.

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