Posted: Tuesday, August 8, 2017. 2:51 p.m. CST.
By BBN Staff: The Forest Department responded to reports of a jaguar being captured by farmers around the Northern Lagoon area in the Belize District on July 27, 2017.
Upon investigation, it was discovered that farmers, who experienced several jaguar attacks on their livestock, retaliated by trapping the jaguar. When farmers informed the Forest Department that they had caught a jaguar, a team comprising of members of the National Jaguar Working Group (NJWG), was immediately dispatched to the area.
The team noted that prior to and during transportation to the Belize Zoo facilities, the jaguar exhibited signs of sluggish behavior, poor coordination and weakness – all indications of a potential health crisis. Immediate and specialized care by veterinary personnel and response team was given around the clock to revive the animal, but all efforts proved unsuccessful and a post-mortem confirmed that the animal died due to heat trauma and exhaustion.
In sharing its review of the incident and lessons learned, the NJWG offered the following recommendations to the public:
The National Jaguar Working Group is an advisory committee to the Forest Department for addressing jaguar issues nationally.
It has broad representation, including government agencies, academic and research institutes, protected areas managers and conservation NGO’s.
For more information, please contact the Forest Department at 822-1524 or the Jaguar Officer at 664-4550, or Email: [email protected].
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