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Jul 13, 2018

Female Tapir Knocked Down and Killed on Boom/Hattieville Road

Reports spread like wildfire today that a tapir had been killed on the Boom/Hattieville Road. An investigation carried out by the Belize Tapir Project has since revealed that the young female adult mountain cow was struck by a speeding vehicle sometime between three and four p.m. on Thursday as it was crossing the road. Despite being hit, the injured mammal made its way off the road, but collapsed in a nearby ditch and died. Tapir Researcher Celso Poot says that this is the third tapir to have been killed at that same location due to vehicular collisions since the start of the year; it is also the twenty-eighth along the circuit over the past six years.


Celso Poot

Celso Poot, Tapir Researcher, Belize Tapir Project

“She suffered injuries to the back and to the left front shoulder and obviously lot of internal injuries and so she passed away almost on the spot there.  Duane I spent the last ten years monitoring tapir use of the Boom Road. This is tapir number twenty-eight on the Burrell Boom road. The tapir population in this area cannot sustain these high incidents of tapir/vehicle collision resulting in tapir mortality. Back in 2012, we got permission from the Ministry of Works to install crossing signs because we monitor the area—we know where the hotspots are, where tapirs are crossing and where they are not crossing successfully. And so these signs were working, however, over the past six years, these signs have also been stolen at least six times. About two hundred feet from this exact spot going towards the prison, we had a road crossing sign there. We came out to replace the sign and the pipe was also stolen from the area.”

Aside from being the national animal of Belize, the tapir is an endangered species and is protected by the wildlife act. While there will be a boost to the awareness campaign for drivers in the area, Poot says that the crossing signs will also be replaced.

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1 Response for “Female Tapir Knocked Down and Killed on Boom/Hattieville Road”

  1. Kriol Chicken says:

    Belize is a den of thieves.

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