Tag: Fred Burton

500,000 iguanas culled but more hands needed

500,000 iguanas culled but more hands needed

| 30/03/2019 | 37 Comments

(CNS): Although the current team of cullers bagged more than half a million invasive green iguanas in the first six months of the island-wide operation, the Department of Environment is calling on more people to train and register in order to make sure there is not an explosion in the population as the breeding season […]

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Cull off target as iguanas set to breed

Cull off target as iguanas set to breed

| 08/03/2019 | 42 Comments

(CNS): Cullers have exterminated almost 450,000 green iguanas since October, when the nationwide initiative to get the exploding population of pests under control was launched. But the early targets set by the Department of Environment are now falling off just as the summer breeding season approaches. From an estimated 1.5 million greens roaming Grand Cayman […]

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NCC presses on with land protection

NCC presses on with land protection

| 01/03/2019 | 12 Comments

(CNS): The National Conservation Council has recommended another ten environmentally important sites, nominated by the community, be protected under the conservation law, following a public consultation period. The ten sites cover all three islands and include a diversity of natural habitats, from wetlands to primaeval forest. Following Wednesday’s meeting, the council voted to present the […]

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New cullers swell ranks but count off target

New cullers swell ranks but count off target

| 10/02/2019 | 27 Comments

(CNS): Another 115 people signed up to take part in the island-wide green iguana cull on Grand Cayman following the latest registration call. but the daily target of around 6,000 being culled is still not being met just a few months after the start of the species’ breeding season. The carcasses of around 400,000 iguanas […]

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More hands needed to keep iguana cull on track

More hands needed to keep iguana cull on track

| 22/01/2019 | 41 Comments

(CNS): The Department of Environment is making another call for more registered green iguana cullers, as the number of the invasive species being killed has begun to decline. The current group of cullers has managed to remove around 350,000 iguanas during the island-wide effort to massively diminish the population and reduce the negative impact they […]

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DoE seeking to protect 20% of Cayman’s environment

DoE seeking to protect 20% of Cayman’s environment

| 03/12/2018 | 23 Comments

(CNS): Five years after the historic passage of the National Conservation Law, the Department of Environment said that so far it has managed to designate 3,477 acres of land across the three Cayman Islands as public protected areas. Another 634 acres on Grand Cayman are pending for protection, which accounts for just over 6% of […]

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DoE keeping close eye on cull numbers

DoE keeping close eye on cull numbers

| 27/11/2018 | 44 Comments

(CNS): The need to ensure that the cull of invasive green iguanas across Grand Cayman keeps pace with the target is at the forefront of the Department of Environment’s agenda, as the numbers began to drop below the 6,000 daily target last week. For the first time since the cull began at the end of […]

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New threat emerging from another invasive reptile

New threat emerging from another invasive reptile

| 08/11/2018 | 44 Comments

(CNS): The discovery of a Knight anole (Anolis equestris) at Vigoro¬†Nursery in Lower Valley last week is ringing alarm bells for the Department of Environment as this green lizard is an invasive species that could threaten local ecosystems. Like the green iguana, this smaller reptile is a prolific breeder. It has been spotted locally on […]

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Cull surpasses 2017 numbers in first week

Cull surpasses 2017 numbers in first week

| 07/11/2018 | 33 Comments

(CNS): The Department of Environment says more than 53,000 green iguanas were culled during the first week of this year’s island-wide cull, which is almost double the 28,985 bagged during the underfunded and limited efforts last year, demonstrating that this time the research has paid off. DoE Terrestrial Resources Unit Manager Fred Burton said improvements […]

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Sister Islands on brink of green iguana invasion

Sister Islands on brink of green iguana invasion

| 01/11/2018 | 11 Comments

(CNS): As the island-wide green iguana cull gets underway in Grand Cayman, residents in the Sister Islands are being urged to “act fast” to prevent a potential invasion on Cayman Brac and Little Cayman, which poses a threat to the indigenous species on those islands. The number of greens appearing on the Brac is still […]

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Headless iguanas dumped in Barkers canal

Headless iguanas dumped in Barkers canal

| 29/10/2018 | 139 Comments

(CNS): Dozens of mostly headless green iguanas were found dumped in a canal in Barkers this weekend, prompting concerns just as the nationwide cull of the invasive species begins. CNS was sent pictures of the dead iguanas by a reader and contacted the Department of Environment which said they had already been alerted to the […]

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