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Coyote Stranded on Lake Michigan Ice Rescued


Emergency crews rescued a coyote trapped on a small piece of ice floating away from shore in Lake Michigan on the North Side on Friday morning.

Fire Media Director Larry Langford said the first call came in about 9:40 a.m. of an animal that was trapped on a piece of ice floating away from shore about a quarter to a half-mile out.

The incident happened near Fullerton Avenue and the lakefront, according to Fire Media Affairs Chief Kevin MacGregor.

Late Friday morning, crews rescued the coyote by reaching over the side of the fire boat with a snare and scooping him up. “He wasn’t fighting much,’’ Langford said of the animal. A snare is a long rod with a loop on the end of it.

“He’s on a boat on the way to Belmont Harbor,’’ Langford said at 11 a.m.

Langford did not know the animal's condition except that he is alive.
“He was much closer in when the first call came in,’’ Langford said before it was rescued. The animal was “just standing there’’ on the slab of ice, he said.

Langford was uncertain what would happen to the animal, which would be initially taken to Animal Control.

A helicopter, the Dept. of Animal Care & Control, a Fire Department boat and police are on the scene.

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