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Alligator found swimming in Lake Michigan near Waukegan

Photo of the alligator captured from Lake Michigan.

An alligator, roughly four feet long, was found swimming in Lake Michigan near Waukegan, city officials said.

“It is not every day someone reports an alligator in Lake Michigan and the report is true,” Waukegan city officials said on Monday.

Authorities said that the person who reported the alligator also took a video of it slowly swimming in the lake near the Waukegan Beach and showed it to responding crews.

Waukegan Police Animal Control and staff at the Larsen Marine Service were called to help remove the alligator from the water. Crews successfully rescued it and transported the alligator to the Wildlife Discovery Center in Lake Forest.

“Much thanks to the person who reported it,” Waukegan city officials said, adding that it was a “safe and successful rescue.”

Authorities did not say how the alligator got into Lake Michigan.