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The Honolulu Advertiser
Posted on: Thursday, January 3, 2002

Iguana nabbed at Kahuku resort

Advertiser Staff

A 3-foot-long iguana was captured Monday by a maintenance employee at the Turtle Bay Hilton Golf and Tennis Resort in Kahuku.

Inspector Lisa Nakayama shows off the iguana found Monday at the Turtle Bay Hilton Resort.

Deborah Booker • The Honolulu Advertiser

The creature was kept at the hotel security office until animal specialists could take it to the state Plant Quarantine Station, where it is being kept. Officials could not say whether the lizard was wild or had been a pet.

Although authorities say iguanas may have established a presence in and around Waimanalo, it is rare to find one in the wild in Kahuku. It is illegal to possess or transport an iguana in Hawai'i.

People with illegal animals are being encouraged to hand them in under the state's amnesty program. Anyone with information about illegal animals is asked to call 586-7378.