Posted: Friday, June 2, 2023. 10:16 am CST.
Photo Credit: Belize Forest Department
By Rubén Morales Iglesias: The Belize Forest Department (BFD), within the Ministry of Sustainable Development, Climate Change & Disaster Risk Management, announced that starting Thursday, June 1, the 2023 hunting season for Peccary (Tayassu pecari) is officially closed. The Belize Forest Department said that hunting other game species is also forbidden during this time.
The Forest Department said any hunting or selling of peccaries is prohibited from June 1 to November 30.
Meanwhile, the BFD also reminded everyone of the closed season for other species:
– Iguana (Iguana iguana): February 1 to June 30
– Armadillo (Dasypus novemcinctus): February 1 to June 30
– Game Birds (Chachalaca, Black Throated Bobwhite, Great Curassow, Lesser Scaup, Crested Guan, Blue Winged Teal): February 1 to July 15.
“Closed seasons for game species are necessary to give wildlife the opportunity to reproduce,” the Belize Forest Department said.
“If hunting of these species occurs during the closed seasons, it will eventually result in a drastic decline of wildlife populations. By respecting closed seasons, we help to ensure that wildlife populations remain healthy for the future.
The BFD said anyone who is caught hunting or with prohibited game meat could end up paying fines of up to $1,000.00 and/or serving jailtime for up to six months.
The Forest Department also said that according to the Wildlife Protection Act (CAP 220), a Hunter’s License is needed to hunt, and a Dealer’s License is needed to buy or sell the following game species (including those above) outside of their respective closed seasons:
– Hicatee (Dermatemys mawii): May 1 to 31
– Deer (Odocoileus virginianus): July 1 to September 30 for Males, July 1 to February 29 for Females
The BFD said the costs of the hunter’s and dealers’ licenses are:
Annual Hunter’s License BZ $100
Annual Dealer’s License BZ $1000
3-Day Dealer’s License BZ $100
More information is available from the Wildlife Manager at the Forest Department at 7552 Hummingbird Highway, Belmopan. You may also reach the BFD at +501 822-1524, wildlife.manager@
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