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Jul 18, 2016

Jaguars Threaten Livestock in Small Community

Justin Moody

But aside from crocodiles in the May Pen Village, there is also another threat to residents since wild cats have been spotted coming frighteningly close to the village. According to newly elected Village Chairman Justin Moody, at least twenty-five cows have been killed by jaguars, which locals refer to as tigers, in the area annually. But recently, the predators have been coming closer to homes in search of livestock for food.

 

Justin Moody, Chairman, May Pen Village

“Last two weeks to three weeks, tigers have gotten very ridiculous coming very close to our residence where we have our livestock, catching calves on ropes, like about fifty yards away from the house tied up. So this has been ridiculous things that are happening here in May Pen whereby we can’t kill these animals also. Tigers have restriction orders on these things. So the government has to get a solution to work or to come about so that we can cope with these acts that are happening. Additional to that, my brother had been hunting—he and my dad—and about twenty-five yards from them, they found one of their hunting dogs, lying on its back with tiger bites. It has been very ridiculous.”

 

Duane Moody

“So what are you guys going to do in terms of that?”

 

Justin Moody

“Well all we can do is ask for help. Maybe set traps or something where we figure more or less these tigers are located, to capture them because as we had said, there are a lot of restriction orders for these animals that have destroyed us in a sense.”

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2 Responses for “Jaguars Threaten Livestock in Small Community”

  1. Kay says:

    Since the wild life people aren’t tripping over themselves to worry about your safety and that of your investments then it’s going to be open-season when the predator becomes the prey. You heard what Broaster said about the crocodiles…start make belts, shoes and bags…well you could start make coats…I’m just saying

  2. Maruja says:

    Please relay to Pen Village that if they contact Forestry department in Belmopan, there is a man there whose name I cannot remember that is the head of wild animal relocation. They will come and assess the danger and make arrangements to capture the animals and take them into the reserve. From what the report states, there is sufficient reason for the relocation as people and cattle are at risk. Please do this immediately. You will be helping your village and also taking care of the natural treasures of Belize.

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