6-foot lizard terrorizes Florida family
Professional hunters had no luck catching the Asian water monitor roaming the family’s property.
A giant lizard that is terrorizing a Florida family has no intention of being caught, as it has managed to evade the state wildlife officials, hunters and hunting dogs for the day.
The reptile — what the South Florida Sun-Sentinel identified as a monitor lizard, with a weight of about 150 pounds, was first spotted by Zachary Lieberman a few weeks ago on a horse path behind the house of the family. While he contacted the Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission (FWC) about the 6-foot lizard is, he told Fox News on Friday he never expected the reptiles to his way in his backyard.
On Sunday, the lizard began to scratch at the family door.
“I was playing with the kids when my wife screamed,” he said, adding that he and his 4-year-old daughter and 2-year-old son had coincidentally just finished watching “Jurassic Park”.
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Lieberman then went on to try to lure the lizard in the direction of the garage with the hope of enclosing the inside. To his surprise, the reptile followed him. But once it “got the hint,” he said, “got on her hind legs and took off.”
“His speed is what really scares me now; if it can that quickly, it can come that quickly in the direction of someone,” Lieberman said, expressing concern for his two young children.
“The children are afraid in the pool and go for a ‘dinosaur’ living in the backyard,” he continued, adding that the reptile has “evil claws” and “terrifying to see.”
Since Monday, Lieberman said wildlife officials and local hunters have made attempts to capture the lizard. Even the use of dead rodents —a meal that would seemingly be mouth-watering a giant lizard — not in the grind taking the reptiles to capture.
At one point this week, Lieberman said that his friend on the hunting dogs followed the lizard to a nearby lake. As soon as she saw it, but it slipped into the water and was lost.
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Monitor lizards — all of which can change aggressive, wildlife officials have warned — do not come from Florida, the Sun Sentinel reported. They usually eat birds, fish and other small animals.
“The children are afraid in the pool and go for a ‘dinosaur’ living in the backyard.”
– Zachary Lieberman
If caught, an FWC spokesperson, told the paper would be finished to a wildlife facility.
“I want my wife and children, the peace of the spirit. We are busy with the capturing of life,” Lieberman said.
A spokesman for the FWC not immediately return Fox News’ request for comment on Friday.
Madeline Farber is a Reporter for Fox News. You can follow her on Twitter @MaddieFarberUDK.