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FWC Clarifies Message to Kill Invasive Iguanas

Iguanas aren't dangerous but can dig lengthy tunnels and damage seawalls, sidewalks and landscape foliage.

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    FWC Rolls Back on Instructions for Killing Iguanas

    Earlier the Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission told residents they can shoot and kill iguanas whenever they please -- now, they're rolling back on these directions. NBC 6's Andrea Martinez reports.

    (Published Friday, July 26, 2019)

    Florida wildlife officials are clarifying instructions to the public about killing non-native iguanas.

    A Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission statement released Thursday says members of the public who are not capable of safely and humanely removing iguanas from their property should seek assistance from professionals.

    An FWC news release earlier this month said people should exterminate the large green lizards on their properties, as well as on 22 public lands areas across South Florida. It didn't say just how civilians should try to do that.

    In Thursday's statement, Commissioner Rodney Barreto says it was unfortunately conveyed that they were asking the public to shoot iguanas. He says that's not case, explaining "This is not the 'wild west.'"

    Iguana Hunter Misses Target, Shoots Pool Boy

    [NATL-MI] South Florida Iguana Hunter Misses Target, Shoots Pool Boy

    A South Florida pool maintenance worker is recovering from a pellet gun wound after he was accidentally shot by a hired iguana hunter who missed his target. WPTV's Tania Rogers reports.

    (Published Wednesday, July 10, 2019)

    Iguanas aren't dangerous but can dig lengthy tunnels and damage seawalls, sidewalks and landscape foliage.

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