Eel Found Living In South Suburban Lake

CBS Chicago

(CBS) — A 30-inch, four to five pound eel was discovered living in a south suburban lake last month, according to the Cook County Forest Preserves.

The eel was found in Tampier Lake in south suburban Orland Park and is only the third to be discovered living in Cook County Forest Preserve waters in 30 years.

Forest Preserves Fisheries Technician Dan Fiorenza holds the eel aloft moments after the eel was wrestled into a fisherman's boat on Tampier Lake, near Orland Park.  (photo credit is Forest Preserves/Steve Silic)  Forest Preserves Fisheries Technician Dan Fiorenza holds the eel aloft moments after the eel was wrestled into a fisherman’s boat on Tampier Lake, near Orland Park. (photo credit is Forest Preserves/Steve Silic)

Forest preserve officials examined the eel at the McGinnis Field Station in Orland Park before releasing it back into the lake.

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