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Puerto Rico to Kill Iguanas, Export Meat | Care2 Causes

Puerto Rico to Kill Iguanas, Export Meat | Care2 Causes

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Iguanas of Puerto Rico: Your days are numbered. The island’s government is announcing plans to kill as many of the reptiles as possible and export their meat in hopes of eradicating an imported species that has long vexed residents and entertained tourists. The U.S. Caribbean territory has roughly 4 million iguanas, which is a little more than the island’s human population, according to Daniel Galan Kercado, secretary of the Department of Natural Resources. “This is a very big problem. We have to attack it,” he said in an interview Friday. “It has impacted structures, the economy, crops and the ecosystem.” Puerto Rico has long struggled to eradicate the bright green reptiles that can grow up to 6 feet (1.8 meters) long and have a life span of some 20 years. Iguanas are considered an endangered species throughout most of Latin America, but Puert...

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