Crocodile Alert in Great Bay, St Elizabeth!


The National Environment and Planning Agency (NEPA) is now on the ground investigating reports of a crocodile population in Great Pond, St Elizabeth which is allegedly hunting domestic animals. NEPA has also received reports that members of the community are catching and restraining the crocodiles. This is a dangerous practice and community members are encouraged to allow the NEPA officers who are trained to handle the animals to conduct activities unhindered.
The Agency will be deploying teams over the weekend to conduct further assessments and devise a strategy for possibly removing the animals.
In the meantime, NEPA is encouraging members of the public to exercise extreme caution in areas close to swamps, wetlands and gullies as crocodiles are likely to be displaced from their natural habitats during this period of heavy rains. People should avoid bathing in or near rivers and canals as crocodiles are likely to move with flood waters.
The Agency is warning all persons not to provoke crocodiles. These are sensitive animals which may react dangerously if cornered and attacked. Crocodiles are one of Jamaica’s many endangered animal species and are protected by law. Capturing or killing the animal is an offence under the Wild Life Protection Act. Persons found guilty of this offence are liable to a fine of up to $100,000 or twelve (12) months imprisonment.
The Public is also being advised that there is no payment for the apprehension or recovery of a crocodile. It should be the civic duty of individuals to ensure the protection of the country’s endangered species. If crocodiles are seen in areas where they may pose threats to human activities, kindly call NEPA at 754-7540 or 1-888-991-5005. You may also call 119 or the nearest police station.

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