Marco, residents are happy the city is working to tackle the problem sooner rather than later. "We don't want to do anything to harm any of the animals, but reality was we may have a danger issue because of the dogs," Way said.
WINK News followed Portuallo around as he examined the exact Omega Constellation Co Axial Chronometer spot where the iguanas have been in Way's neighborhood.
He found a tree on a vacant lot, right next to the water with a deep hole. The holes are where the female iguanas lay their eggs, but the holes can ultimately cause damage to seawalls.
Iguanas are also known to destroy native species, but ultimately there are health concerns that make trapping them so important. "What happens is you have a beautiful scenery, a pool, palm trees and they sit in the palm tress and defecate into the pool so it becomes a health issue," Portuallo says.
MARCO ISLAND, Fla The City of Marco Island is taking a proactive approach to combat a familiar problem.
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After dozens of complaints from residents, the city of Marco Island set aside a small budget, and contracted Iguana Control out of Coral Springs.
In the last month or so, residents have been complaining about iguanas on their property. About four years ago, the iguana population in Southwest Florida was out of control. But, a few cold winters helped kill off much of the population. Now, a warm winter means the Omega Constellation Ladies 27mm
"The dangerous part for the dogs is the large claws and the large tail, because they fight with their tail and their claws," Way says.
Owner Tom Portuallo says, "I've designed a chamber where we pump CO2 into the cage and that puts them down and puts them to sleep."
Every now and then, Carl Way sees iguanas on his waterfront property, but two weeks ago, he walked outside to find a four and a half foot iguana sitting right on his dock.
iguanas are back on Marco Island.
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