On March 5th 2013, students from the Belize High School of Agriculture in San Lazaro Village were accused of capturing and brutally beating a defenseless Black Howler Monkey allegedly after receiving orders from one of their teachers to commit the senseless act.
While that incident outraged conservationist and Orange Walk resident’s, news tonight is that another monkey was sighted perched on a tree in a residential area in the Village of Yo Creek.
While doing work the in the village yesterday, our Internet line men were called to the area where a full grown Howler Monkey was seen atop this coconut tree. These are the images that they captured. We contacted the Forest Department in Orange Walk and we are happy to report that a team has been dispatched to the area to capture and relocate the animal to a more secure location.
According to Officer In Charge of the Forest Department, Luis Usher, specialist Paul Walker of Shipstern was called in to save the day. Usher says they believe the monkeys are coming out into civilized areas in search of food. It is of note that the Howler Monkey is an endangered species that is protected under the Wildlife Protection Act. These animals are not to be hunted, killed or caged as pets. Any violations can result in persecution by the law of Belize.
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