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Re: Animals in Trinidad & Tobago
« Reply #120 on: February 03, 2020, 10:50:37 AM »
Fishermen charged with wildlife trafficking.
T&T Guardian Reports.


Two Ce­dros fish­er­men are ex­pect­ed to ap­pear in court to­day joint­ly charged with 47 wildlife traf­fick­ing of­fences.

The men, ages 35 and 46, of Ica­cos Vil­lage, were ar­rest­ed along with four Venezue­lans on Sat­ur­day morn­ing af­ter the po­lice, act­ing on a tip-off, found 13 Ca­puchin mon­keys and 17 bullfinch­es at a house. It is be­lieved that the an­i­mals were brought by boat from Venezuela to be sold on the black mar­ket.

In­volved in the joint ex­er­cise were game war­dens Richard Sor­ril­lo, Steve Seep­er­sad, Bisham Mad­hu, Glen­ford Doyle and Vanes­sa Ghilcris-Lopez. Sgt Ram­saran was in charge of the ex­er­cise which was spear­head­ed by the Con­ser­va­tor of Forests and chief game war­den Den­ny Dipchans­ingh.

At around 12.30 am on Sat­ur­day, the of­fi­cers and game war­dens went to a house at Lover’s Lane and found the mon­keys in three wick­er bas­kets and the birds in a cage. The four Venezue­lans were hand­ed over to the Im­mi­gra­tion Di­vi­sion, while the Trinida­di­ans were joint­ly charged with 13 counts of pos­ses­sion of a pro­tect­ed an­i­mal, 17 counts of keep­ing birds in an un­der­sized cage and 17 counts of keep­ing caged birds with­out a per­mit.

The of­fence of be­ing in pos­ses­sion of a pro­tect­ed an­i­mal car­ries a $5,000 fine, while the penal­ty for the oth­er of­fences is a $2,000 fine.

Law en­force­ment of­fi­cers ap­pealed to the pub­lic to de­sist from par­tic­i­pat­ing in or en­cour­ag­ing the il­le­gal wildlife trade. The an­i­mals are ex­pect­ed to be shown to the mag­is­trate when the mat­ter is called to­day in the Point Fortin Mag­is­trates Court.



Photo of some of the monkeys that were found by Cedros Police and Game Warden on Saturday.

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Re: Animals in Trinidad & Tobago
« Reply #121 on: February 18, 2020, 05:55:55 PM »
500lb Tapir found in Penal
BY STACY MOORE (NEWSDAY).


Police and game wardens are now questioning several people in the Penal area after a 500-pound female tapir was spotted wandering in the village of Ramjattan Trace, Penal on Monday morning.

According to reports, on Monday morning, residents awoke to see the animal roaming the village.

The frightened residents contacted the Agriculture and Forestry Division. Game wardens including Andy Singh and Jeremy Dindial and Penal police led by Cpl Ramdial and staff from the Emperor Valley Zoo visited the village and started searching for the tapir.

She was found in nearby bush and was put to sleep with a tranquilliser. The tapir was then taken to the zoo, in whose care it remains.

Police believe it was smuggled into T&T from South America and are hoping to find those responsible. They believe the tapir may have been part of an illegal shipment but escaped.

The fine for having a protected animal without a permit is $5,000.




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