Should he kill it or -- as his wife Vicki implored- move it outside peacefully?
While that debate raged on Facebook and John endured some gentle on-air ribbing from WBEN's Susan Rose, the decision was made late Thursday afternoon.
"Don't let that sucker get out!" Ever so cautiously the critter was captured in a glass canister, and moved safely outdoors. SEE THE VIDEO AT LEFT, and below (Note who it is really carrying the monster outdoors)
But what was it?
Dr. Linda Rayor of Cornell University's entomology department looked at these pictures and laughed " You call that large?"
Rayor, the host of "Monster Bug Wars" on the Science Channel, wrote the NYS Dept. of Environmental Conservation's brochure on spiders in New York State and says John's nemesis is likely a Wolf spider, common in New York State, but not as dangerous as it looks.
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Linda Rayod, PhD.
"Wolf spiders are named for their tendency to be slightly furry, brown or grey spiders that run after their prey. They have long sturdy legs and good vision from two of their eight enlarged eyes. The abundant wolf spiders forage on the ground or in the lower parts of plants at night. Female wolf spiders carry light-colored, spherical egg sacs attached to their pinnerets.
Once hatched, the spiderlings cling to hairs on their mother’s abdomen for about a week. When you go out at night, look at the ground in front of you with a flashlight held next to your head at the same level as your eyes. You can see many silvery blue-green spots reflecting back at you from the eyes of numerous wolf spiders in the grass."
Some of the comments from Facebook.com/WBEN930:
I would have burned the house down with the spider in it. That thing is huge!
Yikes! I'm arachnaphobic!
Our niece has serious medical problems from a brown recluse bite. Multiple surgeries. I'd kill it.
Only good spider is a dead one!
Kill it i saw a few of these wood spiders at my house it needs to die!!
Let it go in Nikki Minaj's wig. Once she starts talking it will die of annoyance. That way you can rest easy without the mess.
Or Let it Live..
It's a Skeeter Eater... LET IT LIVE!
Spiders are the best thing for your garden. Smart Lady
Only kill it if you're going to eat it of course.
If you have time to catch, you have time to free it outside.
Why are y'all so kill happy, there is nothing to be afraid of they don't want you!
What if you were that spider? Would you want a person 100 times bigger than you to kill you