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Following a brief dip, Grand Cayman’s green iguana cullers posted strong results again last week, removing nearly 27,000 of the invasive lizards from the island.

Last week’s total of 26,973 iguanas was the highest weekly figure since cullers removed 30,271 iguanas the week of 3-8 Dec.

As of 18 May, the total number of iguanas culled during the first 29 weeks of the Department of Environment’s programme stands at 638,688.

Two weeks ago (6-11 May), cullers removed 15,773 iguanas from Grand Cayman, a decline from the two weeks prior when cullers removed 22,499 and 24,930 iguanas respectively.

Cullers are still above the pace needed to reach the target number of culling 1.3 million green iguanas by the end of 2019. The programme began in late October 2018.

Cullers are being paid $4.50 a head, rising to $5 if they meet monthly and annual targets, in an effort to wipe out the invasive species in Grand Cayman.