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FWC hosts iguana technical assistance workshop in Miramar

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Wednesday, September 05, 2018

Media contact: Carli Segelson, 772-215-9459; Jamie Rager, 727-282-7642

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The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) is hosting a public technical assistance workshop regarding iguanas in Miramar. 

The workshop will be held on Sept. 13 from 6:30-8 p.m. at the Miramar City Hall at 2300 Civic Center Place, Miramar, FL 33025. 

Workshop participants will learn how to discourage iguanas from their property and about legal removal options and regulations pertaining to the species. FWC biologists will also provide hands-on instruction with live traps. 

Green iguanas and black spiny-tailed iguanas are large, nonnative lizards that have reproducing populations in south Florida. These reptiles can be a nuisance to homeowners by damaging landscape plants and gardens, leaving droppings in yards and pools, and causing property damage by digging burrows. 

“Homeowners that live in this area interact with iguanas every day and have reached out to the FWC for advice on what to do,” said Sarah Funck, who leads the FWC’s Nonnative Fish and Wildlife Program. “These workshops will help empower homeowners to manage this nonnative species on their own property.” 

For updates and to learn more about upcoming nonnative species workshops, visit MyFWC.com/Nonnatives and click on “Public Workshops.”



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