Alligator found swimming in Lake Michigan

Posted at 3:01 PM, Oct 08, 2018
and last updated 2018-10-09 10:50:16-04

WAUKEGAN, Ill. -- Police in northern Illinois were surprised when they were called on reports of an alligator swimming in Lake Michigan.

They were even more surprised finding out the report was true.

Sure enough, officials in Waukegan found a four-foot American alligator swimming in the lake, according to city officials. There was initial confusion about whether or not it was an alligator or caiman, but lab tests ultimately confirmed it was an alligator, a Waukegan spokesperson told WITI.

Waukegan Police Animal Control and staff at Larsen Marine Service captured the animal and took it to the Wildlife Discovery Center in Lake Forest, Illinois.