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The Controversial Way Florida Researchers Are Dealing With Invasive Iguanas

Experts are in disagreement over the most humane—and legal—way to kill the invasive reptiles.
Many invasive iguanas have taken up residence in the backyards and canal banks of Florida. Now, researchers are fighting back with captive bolt guns.

















By Elaina Zachos



There's a bounty out for iguanas' heads in southeastern Florida.


A team of 15 researchers from the University of Florida have been hunting down invasive iguanas with captive bolt guns as part of a three-month, $63,000 research project. Contracted by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, the project aims to remove the rampant reptiles. It will run until May.


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