LEDYARD, Conn. (AP) _ Ledyard police say they have tracked down the owner of a large reptile that was shot and killed in town last month.
Thirty-six-year-old Anthony String was charged Wednesday with possession of an illegal reptile.
A Ledyard police officer shot the monitor lizard to death on Aug. 25 after a resident called 911 to report what she believed to be an alligator attacking chickens in her coop. Residents had called in several sightings of a large reptile roaming the southeastern Connecticut town.
Monitor lizards can be as big as some alligators, reaching lengths of 6 to 7 feet. They are not native to Connecticut and are illegal in the state.
String was issued a summons for a Sept. 25 court appearance. It was not immediately known if he has an attorney.
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