The 2018/2019 green iguana cull enters its third week, and so far, more than 92,000 invasive green iguanas have been rounded up and delivered to the counting station at the George Town landfill.
Just driving around Grand Cayman, you’ll likely notice green iguana cullers are seemingly everywhere in search of these invasive pests, and the numbers show their hard work is paying off.
The most recent Department of Environment update which includes data through the 10th of this month shows a two week tally of 92,943 iguanas.
That averages out to a little over 7,745 iguanas per day.
DOE Terrestrial Resources Unit Manager Fred Burton said the numbers are right on target with initial expectations.
“If you look at the end of week one and all of the way through week two, it’s hovering at or around the 6000 a day which is exactly what we were actually trying to, exactly what we were heading for,”said Mr. Burton.
Cullers were out in force Tuesday morning, including licensed iguana culler Roberto Jackson and his uncle, who were working the Esterley Tibbetts Highway near Batabano Road.
Mr. Jackson told Cayman 27 if he’s able to round up another 30 iguanas for the day, he will reach his monthly quota of 1,000 iguanas.
He said they are still relatively easy to find.
“They are pretty much on the side of the road now, but you know when you get closer to the canals they jump into the water, so it’s harder to get,” said Mr. Jackson. “We are averaging like 400 a week, so we are doing pretty good.”
The DOE said they are still getting reports of inhumane treatment of the iguanas. The DOE said if a registered culler is caught operating outside of the DOE’s culling guidelines, then that culler could lose its license.
So far, the DOE has not revoked any licenses.