One woman is warning others to be cautious after her pool maintenance technician was shot. A man was hunting for green iguanas near her home, attempting to do his part to control the spread of an invasive species that can be responsible for sidewalk, landscaping, and seawall damage. However, the hunter missed and shot a pool maintenance worker by mistake.
Green iguanas are an invasive species in Florida. The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conversation Committee openly supports their eradication, and homeowners don’t even need a permit to kill them when they show up on their property.
One iguana hunter was patrolling an area in Boca Raton, Florida. According to a report by Newsweek, the man was armed with a pellet gun.
E-Lyn Bryan, who lives in the area, heard her “pool guy” yell. When she made her way to him, Bryan saw that the pool maintenance worker had been shot in the leg.
“I heard him scream at the top of his lungs ‘oww’ and he had blood coming out of his leg.”
Bryan realized that an iguana hunter had shot the pool maintenance worker. Paramedics and police were called to the scene to treat the pool guy’s injury and assess the situation.
While hunting for iguanas is allowed, as Florida considers them a nuisance and the species is not protected by anything but anti-cruelty laws, Bryan urged residents to be careful if iguana hunters could be in the area.
“We have iguanas everywhere. If neighbors are gonna be like the Wild West and shoot at everything someone’s gonna get killed,” said Bryan.
“You need to protect your children,” she added. “The kids fish back here all the time.”
Steve Kavashansky of Iguana Busters, a local trapping firm that was not involved in the incident, stated that there is no certification process for iguana trappers in the area, but noted that there are restrictions for using high-powered PCP air rifles.
“As such it’s up to each individual or company to ensure they are properly trained,” said Kavashansky. “We are in the peak iguana season, and with more people taking matters into their own hands, it could very easily happen again.”