Posted: Monday, May 27, 2019. 2:02 pm CST.
By BBN Staff: A reward of $5,000 is being offered for any information that leads to a conviction of jaguar poacher/s in Toledo.
The Forest Department issued a statement today warning the public that poaching of jaguars is a punishable offence under the wildlife laws of Belize.
A jaguar was beheaded and the carcass left near the dump area of the Punta Gorda/San Antonio road on Saturday night.
Authorities believe that the poachers operate on orders of local or international buyers who seek the animal head for display or for other illegal ornamental uses.
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 report any offers from buyers attempting to solicit jaguars or jaguar parts in exchange for money.
Anyone with information can contact the Forest Department at 822-1542 or 822-2079.
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