Thursday, December 21, 2006
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.