And while Forestry Officials are monitoring the bird’s situation and dialoguing with the family who have reportedly launched a petition on the island to get their birds back, another situation popped up today when residents of Sarteneja Village in the Corozal District trapped and killed an adult Jaguar that had been preying on their livestock for quite some time. Forestry officials say they have been in the village sensitising farmers on two or more occasions about the capture of wild cats. And of course legally farmers are permitted to kill jaguars when their livestock is being killed - but have to notify Forestry Department right away. According to Wildlife Officer, Edgar Correa, they have tried trans-locating cats previously and it didn't work (they either became problem cats in the new area or returned cross country to their original territory. In this case, they are simply trying to get the carcass in their possession since wildlife is government property.
Edgar Correa – Jaguar Officer, Forest Department
“We have been there this year in March 22nd where we were doing some tight visits and I advise the famers over there from Sarteneja to actually protect their livestock in terms of having other animals and jaguars, not much evidence was in place but like I said I advise them to protect their animal as much as they could nevertheless, I also advise them according to the law, the wild life act states that if an animal is affecting your livelihood you have all right to kill it, the reports had come in and we knew that they had problems there and we advise them if another report came in and stuff like that then we would actually move on and start looking into it more detailed but only some reports were coming in that were and stuff like that but nothing much so that is the situation with it and right now I am doing a report on it and we will remove the people there and dispose properly since it is the property of the government of Belize, me as the Jaguar officer I go and do a site visit and try gather as much evidence as in place but right now we only know it is a mother and its cob so we are not sure if they have more jaguars in that area.”
Officials last visited with residents on March 22nd on the situation where they were informed that it was a mother and a cub seen in the area. We are told that Wildtracks is assisting the Department in collecting information and evidence of the kill.
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