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Green iguana cull marks milestone, cullers get first payout Friday

The 2018/2019 green iguana cull reached the first of many milestone numbers, surpassing 100,000 iguanas.

This, after a big day at the counting station Tuesday (13 November) where more than 13,000 iguanas were turned in.

Due to the bank holiday weekend, the Iguana Control Project’s counting station at the George Town landfill was closed Monday (12 November), but that doesn’t mean cullers took a day off.

13,473 iguanas were delivered Tuesday, good for the second highest single-day total in the short three-week history of this ambitious 14-month cull.

That pushed the overall figures into six-digit territory, with a total of 106,416 iguanas culled in the first 13 counting days.

Meanwhile, the Department of Environment said registered cullers are due to receive payment for their first week of efforts this Friday (16 November.)

“I think it’s fair to say that we are putting money into a sector of the community that, that there hasn’t been a lot of money being put into,’ said DOE Terrestrial Resources Unit Manager Fred Burton. “That could have positives and negatives, and frankly I have no idea where that will pan out, but we’ve got all sectors of society involved in this cull, and I really hope that it is helping some.”

And all those iguanas can really add up to a big payout.

At $4.50 a head, this Friday’s iguana cull payroll is expected to inject more than $240,000 into the economy.

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