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Buffalo Grove police capture 3-foot alligator
By Paul Biasco | Daily Herald Staff

Police officers used a garbage can Tuesday night to capture a 3-foot alligator that had been sitting on a front lawn on Pinehurst Lane in Buffalo Grove. Officers estimated the animal weighed 25 pounds.


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Published: 9/21/2010 11:02 PM | Updated: 9/22/2010 5:24 PM

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When Buffalo Grove police Sgt. Mike Millet received a call from a man about an alligator on a neighborhood front lawn his first thought was, "He's been drinking."

After a second call from the neighborhood and a 90-minute search, it turns out Millet was wrong. Sitting on a front lawn was a 3-foot alligator.

Millet's squad of four officers cornered the reptile Tuesday evening using a "big pole" provided by ComEd workers repairing power lines in the neighborhood, a garbage can and a small net.

"I wouldn't go near it. I'm not kidding you," Millet said. "They did a great job. I'm real proud of them."

The officers corralled the alligator into the garbage can, flipped the can over and brought him into the station in a pickup truck, Millet said.

The Buffalo Grove Police Department received a call about 8:30 p.m. from a resident on the 600 block of Pinehurst Lane who spotted the animal on his front lawn.

Millet said officers were skeptical after they were unable to find the gator at first, but after a second call came in, the hunt was on.

Police officials did not know where the animal came from but speculated that it had been an area pet.

"Not a clue," Millet said. "Typically in these situations people get them as a few-inch cute pet and think it's funny from down South, but they get big and out of control."

Members of a wildlife rescue association were on their way to pick the animal up late Tuesday evening to transfer it to a rehab facility.

"Thank goodness the thing's not harmed at all," Millet said.