LEDYARD, Conn. (WTNH) — A police officer shot a monitor lizard to death as it was attacking chickens at a Ledyard resident's home.
Folks in Ledyard are hoping the lizard is the same one that's been seen wandering around town since July, especially the woman who saw it in her yard Sunday.
"First thing in my head it's alligator," said Ewa Zych, "alligator because I never seen anything in CT."
Ewa Zych never imagined what was making her chickens and guinea hens go wild.
They were out in a pen and all she could see was dust until she spotted a monitor lizard run under the coop.
"Get out, get out, who are you, whatever you are get out," Zych said. "So after this when I realize when I saw him how big size and everything, I could lose my fingers, I could lose my head."
Frantically she called 911 worried about all her pets.
"I said alligator, they said ma'am, ma'am we believe you," said Zych. "I said this is not a joke, this is serious, so we believe you, that's a lizard, okay, that's a lizard."
Police knew exactly what she was talking about. The lizard quickly scrambled up a tree.
When police arrived the lizard was trying to escape underneath a fence. If it did get out it could have endangered other animals or even small children, so they were forced to shoot it.
As an animal lover, Zych was hoping the lizard could have been saved, but she is glad her pets and other animals are safe because the lizard is no longer roaming around town.
"I think I blame the pet owner who brings, I think, I hear from Africa," Zych said. "Animals like that shouldn't be never loose."
News 8 spoke with the DEEP, which says there are six species in the monitor lizard family that are illegal in Connecticut. Rick Jacobson doesn't know if this is one of them, but says they are illegal for a reason.
"If by the combination of their size and their aggression they pose a threat to humans they were prohibited," said Jacobson, DEEP.
Folks can't be 100 percent sure if it is the same lizard Zych saw Sunday, but they're hoping it is.
"I was like maybe he's got sisters there or brothers, who knows," said Zych. "I'm still not sure."
If there are any other lizards like it in town, most likely they would not survive the winter.
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