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Early returns show green iguana cull on track to exceed targets

More than 23,000 invasive green iguanas have been killed and counted so far in the 2018/2019 cull.

More than 9,800 green iguanas were delivered to the landfill Tuesday, around 4,000 fewer than the cull’s opening day tally of more than 13,800.

The Department of Environment told Cayman 27 the big day-one numbers may reflect cullers like Chet Rivers’ efforts to get a head start before opening day.

“We were out ahead of time, and we made sure that we caught a few of them up because we know when it got crazy all these people would be coming in and stuff, it was going to be harder to catch them,” said Mr. Rivers.

The DOE said its October/November target is 241,000 iguanas, that breaks down to 9,000 a day.

The DOE told Cayman 27 the first diminishing returns of the cull may become apparent quite soon.

Additionally, CUC is reminding iguana cullers to exercise caution around utility poles and power lines.

CUC said in a press release that extracting iguanas from trees in close proximity to poles can be dangerous business. It advises cull participants to keep poles, sticks, and hooks away from its equipment to avoid electrical contact.

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