Hunting iguana is not allowed in a protected zone. That is why Fuerza Pública officers detained three men who fled in their vehicle when police approached. They were in the Abangares protected zone in Guanacaste.
In the vehicle, police found 15 dead reptiles and firearms.
Police called the dead critters garrobos, which is a Costa Rican term for the black iguana (Ctentosaura similis).
The Fuerza Pública said that the animals are abundant in the area and that they are easy prey for hunters. The animals enjoy sunning themselves in trees or on rocks. The dead lizards measured between 30 and 40 centimeters or from 12 to 16 inches.
The three men caught with the creatures probably are not poor farmers trying to supplement the protein intake of their family.
Police also found 4 million colons in cash, some $7,900.