Area sur­pris­ingly free of cats

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DAVIE, Fla. — Florida au­thor­i­ties have caught a huge lizard that has ter­ri­fied res­i­dents of a sub­ur­ban Mi­ami neigh­bour­hood for months.

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Con­ser­va­tion Com­mis­sion said Thurs­day the Asian wa­ter mon­i­tor lizard mea­sures more than eight feet (2.5 me­tres) long.

The lizard is an es­caped pet. It was first re­ported loose in Au­gust in a Davie neigh­bour­hood. Res­i­dents said it lurked in their back­yards and scratched at their pa­tio doors.

Wildlife of­fi­cers and Davie po­lice of­fi­cers caught it Tues­day af­ter get­ting a tip from a res­i­dent who said the lizard fre­quently ap­peared on his prop­erty around mid­day.

A wildlife com­mis­sion state­ment says the lizard will be re­turned to its owner.

ERIC SUAREZ/AP

An es­caped pet Asian wa­ter mon­i­tor lizard was cap­tured af­ter ter­ror­iz­ing a Florida neigh­bour­hood.

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