Festive Atmosphere Takes Over Alligator Hunt in Humboldt Park - NBC Chicago

Festive Atmosphere Takes Over Alligator Hunt in Humboldt Park

A third day of searching has passed without capturing the gator, but that isn't stopping residents from having a bit of fun



    Alligator-Mania Takes Over Humboldt Park

    An alligator remains on the loose in Humboldt Park, and it's caused quite a frenzy around the lagoon where the reptile is at. NBC 5's Patrick Fazio has the story. 

    (Published Thursday, July 11, 2019)

    As the sun sets on a third day of a fruitless search for the Midwest’s most elusive alligator, people keep showing up to the Humboldt Park lagoon to see if they can catch a glimpse of the creature.

    Crowds have been gathering for days, turning the hunt for the reptile into a summer hangout. Some visitors are even dressing up for the unofficial gator party.

    That crowd includes Chicago Bulls mascot Benny the Bull, who came out for the festivities on Thursday.

    Search for Alligator Continues in Humboldt ParkSearch for Alligator Continues in Humboldt Park

    The Humboldt Park lagoon has become a hot spot in Chicago because of an alligator seen lurking in the water for at least three days. NBC 5's Christian Farr has the latest from the scene. 

    (Published Thursday, July 11, 2019)

    Many residents who have come to the lagoon have spotted brief glimpses of the gator.

    “We decided to come out this morning to see if we could find it, and then we actually saw it,” one visitor said.

    The smell of alligator is even floating through the air, as vendors sold alligator sausages near the lagoon.

    As the area around the lagoon has grown more crowded, the Chicago Park District has put up fencing and signs warning people to keep their distance.

    Hungry Alligator-Watchers Can Eat Gator Sausage in Humboldt ParkHungry Alligator-Watchers Can Eat Gator Sausage in Humboldt Park

     Hungry alligator watchers can feast on an interesting snack at the Humboldt Park Lagoon, as a vendor is selling alligator sausage! 

    (Published Thursday, July 11, 2019)

    Animal Control officials are still trying to trap the gator, and a specialist nicknamed “Gator Bob” has been helping spearhead efforts to capture the 4-to-5-foot reptile, giving him a brief stint as a local celebrity that draws crowds wherever he goes.

    “Gator Bob” has been setting up traps around the lagoon, and has increased his efforts in recent hours. The expert does caution that alligators can go a week between meals, and that the murky water is providing excellent hiding options.

    Despite all the hoopla surrounding the alligator, officials are urging visitors to stay away from the water’s edge, and are asking residents to allow professionals to do their work in trying to locate the creature.

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