When it comes to the fight against the invasive green iguana, the Department of Environment (DOE) says it is putting its money where its mouth is. Earlier today (June 17) the DOE announced its second experimental culling effort. Starting next week, 18 people will lead the hunt across the islands with up to $150,000 up for grabs.
D.o.E. Terrestrial Resource Unit Fred Burton said, “The ultimate goal is to bring the green iguana down at least to a level where it is no longer an environmental and social pest.”
To reach its goal the D.o.E. is launching the second of two experimental sculls. But it’s not a free for all 18 members have been chosen by the department. The D.o.E. placed a five dollar bounty on the heads of each green iguanas. Cullers can use dogs, sneers and airsoft guns to catch the iguanas, but the D.o.E. warns iguanas must be killed humanely.
“We have budget for up to thirty thousand green iguanas to be culled. I don’t think we are going to see that many but it will be interesting to see how many we get,” said Mr. Burton.
With a budget for 30,000 iguanas, at $5.00 a piece, $150,000 is on the table, but that’s only for the chosen 18 and their teams.
Mr. Burton said, “This is a small scale test, so it’s not like we are throwing this open to an island wide bounty system, because we haven’t got the budget, we haven’t gotten the resources to do that. We are stretching the department’s of environment’s resources just to deal with what is coming in, in these small scale culls.”
Once the cull is finished and all of the dead animals are presented, the iguanas will be disposed of at the landfill.