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DOE to cullers: respect property rights or license will be revoked

The Department of Environment said it has received complaints of green iguana cullers not playing by the rules when it comes to trespassing.

The DOE is reminding cullers that obtaining proper permission to cull on private land is a legal requirement under the terms of the culling license, and those caught breaking the rules face penalties.

“I think we need to put it on the record and make it very clear that, any culler, any registered culler, who is found to be violating the terms of their agreement as a registered culler or will lose their registration,” said DOE Terrestrial Resources Manager Fred Burton.

Licensed green iguana culler Chet Rivers told Cayman 27 respecting property rights is the right thing to do.

He said when he and other cullers introduce themselves to members of the public and present a culler ID card, there’s generally a lot of support.

“We’ve been having a lot of positive people toward us, a lot of people are wanting them out of the yard and one of them cleaned up and get rid of them, some people just asked us to try to take care of them and get rid of them as humanly as possible, they don’t want to see is hurting them or killing them or anything like that,” said Mr. Rivers.

Mr. Rivers said if someone is not OK with culling on a property, there’s always somewhere else.

If unauthorised cullers are on your property, he said tell them to leave. If they don’t, then call police.

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Joe Avary

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Joe Avary has been with Cayman 27 since 2014. He brings 20 years in television experience to the job, working hard every day to bring the people of Cayman stories that inform the public and make a difference in the community. Joe hopes his love for the Cayman Islands shines through in his informative and entertaining weather reports. If you have a story idea for Joe or just want to say hello, call him at 324-2141 or send an email to

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