A giant lizard terrorizing a Florida family has no intention of being captured, as it has managed for days to evade state officials, trappers, and hounds.
The Reptile – the South Lizard Sun Sentinel-identified Monitor Lizard, weighing approximately 150 pounds – was first discovered by Zachary Lieberman a few weeks ago on a horse trail behind his family home. While contacting the Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission (FWC) about the 6-foot lizard, he told Fox News on Friday that he had never expected the reptile to find its way into his garden.
On Sunday, the lizard started scratching
"I was sitting and playing with the kids when my wife screamed," he said, adding that he and his 4-year-old daughter and his 2 year old son happens to be watching "Jurassic Park."
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Lieberman then went back and tried to lure the lizard to the garage, hoping to trap her in it. To his surprise, the reptile followed him. But as soon as it got "the clue," he said, it "got up on his hind legs and walked away."
"His speed is what really scares me now, if it can run away so quickly, it can apply to someone so quickly," Lieberman said, expressing concern for his two young children.
"The kids are afraid to get into the pool – and rightly so with a 'dinosaur' in the backyard," he continued, adding that the reptile has "nasty claws" and "frightening to look at ". Since Monday, Lieberman said animal rights officers and local trappers have tried to catch the lizard. Even the use of dead rodents – a food that would seem delicious to a giant lizard – has not lured the reptile into the trap.
Lieberman once said that his friend's hunting dogs tracked the lizard to a nearby lake. However, as soon as they discovered it, it slipped into the water and was lost.
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Warans – who can become aggressive, game officials have warned – are not based in Florida, Sun Sentinel reported. They usually eat birds, fish and other small animals.
"The kids are afraid to get in the pool – and rightly so with a 'dinosaur' who lives in the backyard."
A FWC spokesman told the newspaper that she would either be euthanized or taken to a wildlife facility.
"I want to give my wife and children peace and quiet, and we're actively trying to capture it alive," said Lieberman.
A FWC spokesman did not comment on Fox News' request on Friday.