Coyote drifting on patch of ice in Lake Michigan this morning. (WGN Channel 9)
A Fire Department boat rescued a coyote spotted floating on a patch of ice hundreds of yards out on Lake Michigan this morning.
The coyote was seen around 9:30 a.m. off Fullerton Avenue, curled up on a piece of ice barely bigger than itself.
A coyote rests safely in an animal rescue truck after the Chicago Police and Fire rescued it from a patch of ice on Lake Michigan. (William DeShazer/Chicago Tribune)
As a helicopter hovered overhead, the Victor L. Schlaeger fire boat slowly approached the coyote. Several times two crew members bent over to snare the coyote, but it kept drifting away.
Finally, the stern of the boat slid toward the coyote and a crew member snatched him with a long-handled snare and pulled him aboard.
The boat then sped to Belmont Harbor, about an hour after the coyote was spotted. There was no immediate word on his condition.
-- Staff report