Conn. police kill menacing monitor lizard

Conn. police kill menacing monitor lizard

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LEDYARD, Conn. (AP) - Reports of a large reptile roaming an eastern Connecticut town over the past few months have turned out to be true: a police officer shot a monitor lizard to death as it was attacking chickens at a local resident's home.

Police in Ledyard say the resident called 911 on Sunday afternoon to report what she believed was an alligator in a chicken coop outside her home.

Police and the town's animal control officer responded and found the large lizard attacking the homeowner's chickens. Police say an officer was forced to shoot the reptile because it threatened emergency responders.

Monitor lizards can be as big as alligators and are not native to Connecticut. Police believe the one killed Sunday had been an illegal pet and either escaped or was abandoned.

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