Cape Coral homeowners find dead iguanas in canals

Published: July 2, 2021 6:03 PM EDT

Neighbors in Cape Coral are upset with what is washing up in their canals.

One Cape Coral couple has found multiple dead iguanas in the water.

Kurt and Gail Abraham say they are sick of living like this.

“It’s just unusual to have so many, they just don’t drop dead like that,” said Kurt.

Some neighbors say there are too many iguanas running around Cape Coral.

The Abrahams think someone is killing them and dropping them in the canals.

“One time there were five dead, I’d say 1-foot long iguana’s all at once. Five iguanas just don’t drop dead on their own,” Kurt said.

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission said so far no one has reported dead iguanas in Cape Coral canals. While it’s legal to kill iguanas on private property, it’s illegal to dump or dispose of them.

“It also brings sharks in,” he said. “One day we had seven sharks swimming around the boat here.”

“And if people are swimming you really don’t want this close,” Gail said.

The couple said one reason why they settled in Cape Coral is because of the palm trees, the water and wildlife, including iguanas.

“It’s like we cohabitate with them,” Gail said. “They have the dock and when we come down they scatter and then we have the dock.”

But these days, they said, no one is enjoying much of anything.

Iguanas are invasive species which means it’s perfectly fine for homeowners to humanely kill them.

If that’s not what you want to do, the FWC recommends you call a professional trapper.