6 January – The Cayman Islands Green Iguana Cull Project will continue in 2020 and all participating cullers will be required to renew their cull registrations in January.
Registration renewals will begin on 6 January, 2020 at the George Town Landfill counting station and continue until the end of January. Participants are asked to bring proof of Caymanian status and a valid Government-issued photo ID, as well as a valid firearms licence (if they are using an air rifle). Firearms licensing renewals or permits must be obtained from the Royal Cayman Islands Police Service.
“Any Green Iguanas brought in after 31 January, 2020 by cullers with expired registration cards would not be accepted,” said Karl Noble, director of Cornwall Consulting Ltd., the company that manages the cull for the Department of Environment.
Registered cullers must be at least 18 years old and possess either Caymanian status or a valid trade and business licence. All registered cullers must also agree to terms set out in their contracts with the cull management company. These include: the ability to correctly identify Green Iguanas and Blue Iguanas, agreeing never to trespass on private property and to treat animals humanely. Cull companies must also agree to manage team members and/or acquire Green Iguanas in a responsible manner, consistent with local laws and regulations.
“The Green Iguana cullers did a fantastic job in 2018/19, eliminating more than 1.1 million of these invasive creatures, but there is still more work to do,” said Environment Minister, the Hon. Dwayne Seymour. “Cabinet has agreed to fund this project going into 2020 to ensure we don’t let the situation get out of hand again.”