Thursday, December 21, 2006

Invasive Iquanas

Acting on a tip from me, Jennifer Forman Orth of the Invasive Species Weblog has written an excellent overview of a tense situation in south Florida in which escaped iguanas have become established on a small (3 sq. mi) island. Local residents are bedeviled by the problems created by a mushrooming population (now 30,000 strong) of this "mascot-turned-monster." Efforts by licensed animal control experts to reduce the population have run afoul of animal-rights activists who, all-too-often it seems, display more respect and sympathy for animals than for fellow humans.

3 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Forget it, John. Florida is destined to be overrun by every tropical species that dumb humans are apt to adopt.

Think of it as a sort of speeding up of those species distribution to the north. Would have happened in a 100,000 years anyway.

Until the next ice age anyway.

December 21, 2006 6:43 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

In the immortal words of Ernie Pyle,

"Shoot and Shovel"

December 25, 2006 2:17 PM  
Blogger Bird Advocate said...

This blatant ignorance of the destruction alien species cause will soon reach epidemic proportions. Their enablers should face reality.

December 28, 2006 7:31 PM  

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