Kennedy Vincent Chastanet of Boguis, Babbonneau has been charged for killing and consuming a protected iguana.
Chastanet was arrested yesterday, July 29 under the St Lucia Wildilife Protection Act 1980 (revised 2001) and charged with the illegal possession, slaughter and consumption of an adult female iguana.
He also admitted to the offence and was fined $5,000 or 12 months imprisonment but released under special conditions.
Forestry officials say Chastanet paid a portion of the fine and has made arrangements to pay the balance.
Chastanet was tracked down after photos of him appeared on Facebook with him cooking the iguana.
One photo showed the iguana being roasted on a grill and the other being boiled in a large pot.
Forestry officials say at least one other person was at the scene of the cook-up with Chastanet.
The forestry department said an iguana, as a protected species under the St. Lucia Wildlife Protection Act, is never to be captured and slaughtered. The department said there is no “in season” as it relates to iguanas.
“[As in the case of iguanas] that is definitely a no-no,” a source in the department said.