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Florida Researchers Bash in Heads of Overpopulating Iguanas

A team from the University of Florida is using a captive bolt gun that sends a bolt into the brain, similar to what's used in the livestock industry

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    Florida Researchers Trying to Get Rid of Iguanas

    Researchers are taking a controversial approach as they try to rid Florida of invasive iguanas overtaking residents' yards by bashing in their brains.

    (Published Monday, March 12, 2018)

    What to Know

    • A team from the University of Florida is using a captive bolt gun that sends a bolt into the brain, similar to what's used on livestock

    • They've killed 249 so far

    • Officials say iguanas are an invasive species that feed on native plants and wildlife

    Researchers are taking a controversial approach as they try to rid Florida of invasive iguanas overtaking residents' yards by bashing in their brains.

    A team from the University of Florida is using a captive bolt gun that sends a bolt into the brain, similar to what's used in the livestock industry. They're also smashing the creatures' heads against solid objects to cause blunt force trauma. They've killed 249 so far.

    UF wildlife biologist Jenny Ketterlin told the Sun Sentinel it's the most humane way to kill them.

    Their work is part of a research project contracted by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission. Officials say iguanas are an invasive species that feed on native plants and wildlife.

    Large Frozen Iguana Carried Out Of Parking Lot

    [NATL-MI] Large Frozen Iguana Carried Out Of Parking Lot

    One side effect of cold weather in South Florida: frozen iguanas. Jenna Isola recorded a man carrying a large, immobilized iguana out of a parking lot in West Palm Beach as she drove to work Thursday morning.

    (Published Thursday, Jan. 4, 2018)

    Veterinarian Dr. Susan Kelleher says the head-bashing method is cruel. She suggests sedating and then euthanizing them.

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