Green iguanas culled in Kaohsiung to keep ecological balance

Focus Taiwan
Date: 2015/07/16
By: C.F. Chen and Evelyn Kao

Taipei, July 16 (CNA) Kaohsiung City has captured some 238 green iguanas so far this year,

Photo courtesy of Kaohsiung Agriculture Bureau

Photo courtesy of Kaohsiung Agriculture Bureau

under a culling program that it began in 2013 to maintain an ecological balance, a city official said Thursday.

In 2013, it was found that the city’s Niaosong District (鳥松) was a major habitat for wild green iguanas, the official said, citing a field study done by National Pingtung University of Science and Technology.

Kaohsiung’s Agriculture Bureau later that year commissioned the university to cull the non-native reptiles to help avert ecological and environmental problems, the official said.

The iguana population in Kaohsiung has grown as a result of owners abandoning or releasing the reptiles into the wild, the official said.     [FULL  STORY]

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