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Big cats and Lizard Man

April 26, 2008 at 10:46 AM

The cougar sighting in suburbia turned out to be true.

Strange as it seems, a wild cougar prowled around Chicago’s North Side long enough to get its picture on the network news before its fatal encounter with Chicago police. Recently, there have been several reports of cougar sightings in the Wilmette area and further north. No one can say for sure if the North Side cougar is the only one in the area.

At various times in the recent past, sightings of cougars, wolves and bears have been reported in Illinois. The coyote hunter who shot one confirmed that at least one wolf made it as far as Pike County. A few years ago, several visitors to Pere Marquette State Park reported seeing a bear. People I know, who can tell the difference between a bobcat and a black lab, are certain they’ve seen a black panther prowling the wild country between the La Moine and the Mississippi rivers. A black panther living in those woods is nowhere near as far-fetched as a cougar in Wilmette — even though biologists say there is no such thing as a black panther.

These sightings frequently are accompanied by the speculation that predators are expanding their range. That’s certainly possible. Deer are plentiful in Illinois. A skillful hunter like a wolf, cougar or panther could eat pretty well. It’s also possible that exotic pet owners release big cats under the radar when the cats are no longer welcome around the house.

As unsettling as a cougar in your back alley might be, people in rural South Carolina have a bigger worry. WIS-TV in Columbia, S.C., reported in early March that Lizard Man may have slithered up out of the swamp and ravaged Bob Rawson’s minivan, near Bishopville.

The van has teeth and bloody claw marks all over it. Something bit clear through the side panels. Witnesses describe Lizard Man as 7 feet tall with green skin, razor-sharp teeth, claws for fingers and a rotten attitude. Lizard Man could maul a minivan without breaking a sweat. He was first seen in the 1980s near Scrape Ore Swamp, not far from the Rawson home. Even though no photographic evidence of Lizard Man exists, the believers say he is the real deal, and you better give him the road when you see him coming.

The night of the van attack, about a dozen of the Rawsons’ cats also disappeared. You wouldn’t think that a creature with Lizard Man’s credentials would be a cat person. Then again, maybe he just can’t get enough of them.

Blood found on the van has been sent off for DNA analysis. I have my doubts that Lizard Man’s DNA is on file anywhere on this planet. The county sheriff and Rob Rawson himself haven’t ruled out the possibility that a coyote or bear is responsible for vandalizing the minivan. Until the DNA tests prove otherwise, I’m holding out hope for Lizard Man. It might not be the most likely scenario, but it’s hands-down the best story.

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Lizard man may be a relative of the Big Muddy Monster

Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) on 05/01 at 05:02 PM

think about the bright side, not all the minivan has Lizard Man marks smile

Posted by Redding Dodge on 06/10 at 10:45 PM

i’m confused. who is this lizard man?

Posted by car parts on 06/12 at 12:01 AM

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