Miami Beach is considering paying a bounty for iguanas

Miami Beach’s iguanas might want to run for the mountains.

City officials are discussing placing a “dead or alive” bounty on the great lizards to trigger a cold-blooded kill of the cold-blooded invasive species wreaking havoc in the Sunshine State.

“People will go out and chase them for money,” Commissioner Kristen Rosen Gonzalez said at a commission meeting on Wednesday.

“I think that’s a better use of our money than hiring a guy in a raccoon hat, five guys in raccoon hats who are going to go on public lands – they’re not going on private lands.”

Rosen Gonzalez’s comments came during a discussion to search for a vendor that would help keep the booming population under control.

“If we do nothing and act seriously, these iguanas will breed every day,” she added.

The scaly creatures are an environmental concern, leaving piles of feces everywhere — and Gonzalez said the iguanas also dug up house structures and seawalls.

Miami Beach officials are considering bounties for iguanas that invade people's homes.
Miami Beach officials are considering bounties for iguanas that invade people’s homes.
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Commissioner Kristen Rosen Gonzalez claims iguanas are breeding daily.
Commissioner Kristen Rosen Gonzalez claims iguanas are breeding daily.
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“I actually found a giant dead iguana in my pool the other day. It was massive,” she said. “I’ve never seen anything like it. I had no idea what was hovering there, and sure enough he or she was there.”

The city quadrupled its “iguana removal” budget from $50,000 to $200,000, Mayor Dan Gelber told Local 10.

Some residents liked the idea of ​​going to war against the animals.

Local residents consider iguanas to be an invasive species.
Local residents consider iguanas to be an invasive species.
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Miami Beach Mayor Dan Gelber plans to allocate $200,000 to bounties on iguanas.
Miami Beach Mayor Dan Gelber plans to allocate $200,000 to bounties on iguanas.
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“Something still needs to be done,” resident Barbara Benis told the broadcaster. “There’s only one way to get inside her, and that’s not trapping.”

https://nypost.com/2022/09/16/miami-beach-considers-paying-bounty-for-iguanas/ Miami Beach is considering paying a bounty for iguanas

JACLYN DIAZ

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