Gurnee Police K-9 Hunter | Photo: Gurnee Police Department

Just over two months after the retirement of canine Bear, the Gurnee Police Department announced their other canine, Hunter, is also retiring.

Hunter is retiring after a seven-year career. He was deployed 903 times for detection and patrol assistance, the department said.

Hunter assisted 25 agencies with tracking and K-9 demonstrations.

He also assisted with building, human and evidence searches, leading to 36 arrests and over 500 indications of drug presence.

Hunter and his handler, Officer Philip Mazur, conduct a search near Magnolia Avenue and Grand Avenue on May 21, 2020, after shots were fired in the area. | Photo: Woo-Sung Shim / Lake and McHenry County Scanner

In August, Hunter helped officers locate a robbery suspect in Gurnee.

“Canine Hunter provided invaluable assistance to the Gurnee Police Department and other departments,” the department said.

Hunter will remain under the care of his handler, Officer Philip Mazur.

On July 1, the Gurnee Police Department said that canine Bear was retiring after seven years of service.

Gurnee Police Officer Daniel Ruth and his canine partner Bear. | Photo via the National Police Dog Foundation

The department said that canine Bear, who was part of the department since 2014, was deployed 257 times for detection and patrol assistance.

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Bear assisted 25 agencies — besides Gurnee — with building, human and evidence searches along with tracking and K-9 demonstrations.

Bear’s work led to the arrest of 76 suspects and he helped in sniffing out drugs on more than 70 occasions, the department said.

“K-9 Bear provided invaluable assistance to the Gurnee Police Department and other departments,” officials said in July.

It is unknown if the department will be receiving a new canine.