Posted: Sunday, May 26, 2019. 10:53 pm CST.
By BBN Staff: The Forest Department issued a statement today warning the public that poaching of jaguars is a punishable offense under the wildlife laws of Belize.
A jaguar was poached last night in Toledo.
The animal was beheaded and the carcass left near the dump area of the PG-San Antonio road.
This is the second such report of jaguar poaching in as many years, and the pattern of beheading is alarming.
The department believes that the poachers operate on orders of international buyers who seek the animal head for display or for other illegal ornamental uses.
As in all instances of poaching of endangered species, a full investigation will be carried out to find the perpetrators of this heinous act, the department said.
Hunting, killing, injuring, trapping, or harassment of jaguars and other endangered wildlife is illegal.
To avoid prosecution and possible incarceration, no one should partake in any activity related to hunting or capturing of jaguars and other endangered wildlife.
The public is advised to ignore and report any offers from buyers attempting to solicit jaguars or jaguar parts in exchange for money.
If anyone has any information concerning this latest incident of jaguar poaching or any other information on poaching of endangered species, please contact the Forest Department at 822-1542 or 822-2079.
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