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Alligator Reported In Chicago River

By Marcus Gilmer in News on Aug 21, 2009 3:40PM

The last thing Marcus sees before sweet, sweet death envelopes him...

As if we didn't have enough to worry about between coyotes and cougars, we can add alligators to the list of wildlife they may snatch us away while taking the dog for a walk. Yesterday afternoon, someone reported seeing an alligator at the Chicago River, near Damen and Fullerton, prompting a visit from Animal Care and Control. The gator, which was reported to be between two and four feet long, had already eased back into the river and escaped to its underwater lair to plot my demise by the time the official showed up. Of course, alligator sightings in the Chicago River are not exactly new, but this one is just another reason for us to skip the kayaking tour.