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Iguana-infested runways to be thing of the past

February 21, 2012, 6:01 pmYahoo! New Zealand

A country that forks out $95,000 a year killing iguanas at its main international airport has found a way to get a return from the lizards.

Iguana-infested runways to be thing of the past
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A country that forks out $95,000 a year killing iguanas at its main international airport has found a way to get a return from the lizards.

Puerto Rico has about 4 million iguanas – which is not far off the human population at the Caribbean archipelago.

At times the runway at Luis Munoz Marin international airport in San Juan has been so crowded with the lizards that planes have been forced to abort their landings, Natural Resources Department secretary Daniel Galan Kercado told the Associated Press.

The airport spends more than US$80,000 ($95,000) a year eradicating the iguanas.

They can grow up to 1.8metres long and live for 20 years. They're considered endangered in most of south America, but they’re abundant in Puerto Rico where there are few predators.

They have also been blamed for destroying building foundations by burrowing under them and causing power cuts by creating nests near electric plants.

Galan says it is a "very big problem" that needs addressing.

"It has impacted structures, the economy, crops and the ecosystem."

The answer? Kill as many as possible, take them to a meat processing plant for slaughter and export their lucrative meat to the US.

Demand for the meat is said to be high among the country's Latino and Asian immigrants and it could be sold for $6 a pound.

Plans are expected to be finalised by May.


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  1. Mr Blobby04:59am Wednesday 22nd February 2012 ESTReport Abuse

    " ...$6 a pound..." ??? We use the metric system, should it not read ..' $6 a .4536 kg' or '$6 a kilo' ??

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  2. Harry03:31am Wednesday 22nd February 2012 ESTReport Abuse

    I have eaten iguana and its delicious

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  3. Bugdust12:51am Wednesday 22nd February 2012 ESTReport Abuse

    hmmm.....curing the headache by cutting off the head.

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  4. STEVE12:42am Wednesday 22nd February 2012 ESTReport Abuse

    catch sell and send them to the other south american countries where they are endangered

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  5. Jock08:19pm Tuesday 21st February 2012 ESTReport Abuse

    Typical to find out that the Asians are eating Iguanas and everything else on the planet. Asians eat anything that crawls. I cant even call them pigs becuase pigs wouldnt eat cockroaches! Again we have treat everything as a mere commodity.Humas are by far the most rotten species in this planet. looking forward to the day when all humans will be wiped clean off the planet

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  6. Scarletsail08:19pm Tuesday 21st February 2012 ESTReport Abuse

    sell them on e bay

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  7. Sebastian07:58pm Tuesday 21st February 2012 ESTReport Abuse

    Have these people never considered a pest proof fence? I can't see any reason it wouldn't work for Iguanas. Borrowing and climbing is all taken into account with pest proof fences.

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  8. bluefox07:08pm Tuesday 21st February 2012 ESTReport Abuse

    Isn't anything sacred. You couldn't make this kind of thing up.

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  9. Nicholas07:06pm Tuesday 21st February 2012 ESTReport Abuse

    ummmm i can taste it already

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