Denham woman cited for illegal release of monitor lizard into the wild; lizard still on the loose

Denham woman cited for illegal release of monitor lizard into the wild; lizard still on the loose
A Denham Springs woman has been cited for reportedly releasing this monitor lizard into the wild. (Source: Facebook)

DENHAM SPRINGS, La. (WAFB) - A Denham Springs woman has been cited by the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) after reportedly releasing a monitor lizard into the wild in Livingston Parish.

On Wednesday, Aug. 12, agents cited Jennifer Myers, 34, for allegedly releasing the lizard from a window in her home in Denham Springs.

According to the Facebook page, Lost Pets of Livingston Parish, the lizard is still on the loose as of Wednesday evening around 7 p.m. and was last seen in the area of Joe May Road, Alysha Drive, and Walker South.

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LDWF agents were alerted to the situation on Tuesday, Aug. 11 after someone reported to them a Facebook post alleging Myers had illegally released the lizard. Agents contacted Myers Wednesday afternoon, and she reportedly admitted to releasing the animal.

Officials with LDWF say illegally releasing a monitor lizard can bring a fine of $400 to $950 and up to 120 days in jail. Anyone who encounters the lizard should call LDWF at 1-800-442-2511.

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