MENTOR, Ohio, Sept. 30 (UPI) -- Ohio's mystery of the monster in Mentor Marsh has been solved.
Sightings of a "marsh monster" had been reported by residents for days, but the wily reptile repeatedly managed to elude wildlife officials.
But, WEWS-TV, Cleveland, reported Thursday officials from the Ohio Division of Natural Areas and Preserves finally bagged the big boy and identified it for what it is -- a 3-foot long caiman, a relative of the alligator. Speculation is the reptile was somebody's pet, abandoned when it became too large and unruly.
Officials said the caiman didn't go quietly, he nearly tipped their boat as they tried to bring him aboard, WEWS said.
The caiman was being lodged at the nature center until transport could be arranged to a more permanent home at a refuge in Cincinnati.