The Caribbean Utilities Company is warning green iguana cullers to exercise “extreme caution” around electricity poles and power lines while they are hunting the animals.
An islandwide cull of green iguanas began on Monday with the aim of ridding the island of more than one million of the invasive lizards in a year. In the first two days of the cull, 23,654 iguanas were dropped off by cullers at the George Town landfill.
The power company is asking the cullers to be careful, especially when extracting iguanas from trees or branches that are in close proximity to the poles and power lines.
“Participants should keep all objects such as poles, sticks or hooks away from any CUC equipment to avoid any electrical contact,” the company stated in a notification issued Wednesday.
CUC’s corporate communications officer Neil Murray said so far there had not been any reports of anyone being injured by coming into contact with a power line, but he said, “On several occasions, our linemen have noticed ‘cullers’ chasing iguanas from tree to tree with very long metal poles that are long enough to touch some of the lower-hanging lines that are running close to trees.”
“We just want to make sure nothing does happen, as iguanas are very quick, and sometimes persons chasing them forget where they are and what is around them,” he added.
More than 340 people have registered to take part in the cull.