Weekly numbers dip, but cullers surpass 900,000 iguanas

The number of green iguanas turned in by Grand Cayman’s cullers took a dip this past week compared to the previous period.

From 9‑14 Sept., 11,953 of the invasive reptiles were dropped off at the George Town landfill, representing a decrease of 2,891 on the numbers delivered from 2‑7 Sept.

To date, 901,049 green iguanas have been culled, with a total target of 1.3 million set for the end of this year.

Cullers also did better during the last week of August, when they brought in 13,542 iguanas.

The Department of Environment began the culling in late October 2018. For every iguana handed in at the landfill, cullers receive $4.50, which rises to $5 a head if they meet monthly and annual targets.

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