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Aug 5, 2014

Forestry Department investigates killing of a Jaguar

The Forestry Department is currently investigating the killing of a jaguar up north. Two officers of the department are currently in Sarteneja Village, in the Corozal district where the vicious act occurred. Today, on the social media, a picture of the dead animal was posted by a resident of that area. According to that post, the jaguar surfaced months ago and begun terrorizing villagers. Farmers have complained of the loss of numerous livestock including pigs, horses, cows and even dogs. Considered ferocious, the jaguar apparently charged at a villager this morning near the entrance of the village; the Sarteneja resident allegedly responded by aiming his rifle at the predatory female cat. But there is some outrage because the jaguar had a cub that was left behind. Others in the village, however, say that they were left with no choice after the Forestry Department failed to respond promptly. The killing of the jaguar has caused conflict within the community where some believe that the animal should have been shot with a tranquilizer, captured and relocated in order to protect our Belizean wildlife. Jaguars are protected animals; Belize has one of the healthiest populations.

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2 Responses for “Forestry Department investigates killing of a Jaguar”

  1. H@tari says:

    The Forestry Dept. lets us down again. Is there any department within GOB that is functional?

  2. Belizean Pride says:

    “the jaguar apparently charged at a villager this morning near the entrance of the village; the Sarteneja resident allegedly responded by aiming his rifle at the predatory female cat.”
    I guess this explains why they had to kill the jaguar, when some are suggesting that a tranquilizer should have been use. Being charge by this animal is the question who the hell is going to have a tranquilizer at hand, nobody. So some times this is the outcome but it also suppose to call the attention of the Forest Department failed to help in the case, so I wouldn’t blame the villagers either just plain simple as that it was threatening the life of a person, while hunting them for joy i’d say should be dealt with as a crime.

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