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.


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  

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