Following more than two months of consistently strong results, Grand Cayman’s green iguana cullers delivered fewer than 13,000 culled iguanas to the George Town landfill last week. Still, that was enough to boost the total number of culled iguanas past the 800,000 mark.
The total of 12,998 reptiles is about half the average that cullers had posted over the last 10 weeks, and is the second-lowest weekly tally during the programme’s 36 weeks.
Including last week’s total, cullers have eliminated 803,446 invasive green iguanas (as of 6 July) since the Department of Environment programme began in late October 2018.
Cullers remain ahead of the pace needed to reach the target of culling 1.3 million iguanas by the end of 2019.
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.