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LDWF cites Denham Springs woman for releasing monitor lizard

LDWF
Posted at 5:21 PM, Aug 12, 2020
and last updated 2020-08-12 18:56:28-04

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries enforcement agents cited a Denham Springs woman for allegedly releasing a lizard into the wild in Livingston Parish.

Agents cited 34-year-old Jennifer Myers for releasing a monitor lizard out of a window of her residence in Denham Springs.

Agents were alerted to social media post on August 11 about Myers illegally releasing the lizard. Agents started an investigation and were able to contact Myers Wednesday afternoon at her residence where she admitted to releasing the lizard.

WBRZ reported that Michael Lauraine, the owner of the lizard, said his reptile, which is almost three feet long, was last seen on Saturday. Lauraine posted on his Facebook page and a missing pets Facebook page Monday about the lizard, asking people to help find him.

"The more time that passes by, the bigger he will get and the more dangerous he will become," he said. Lauraine says the lizard will attack and urges whoever finds the lizard to not touch him.

The lizard has not been found.

Illegally releasing a monitor lizard brings a $400 to $950 fine and up to 120 days in jail. If anyone comes into contact with the monitor lizard, please contact LDWF at 1-800-442-2511.

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