September 09, 2006

The Forest Department has issued warnings against molesting wildlife. A release from the department says it is illegal for any one to disturb, kill, or attempt to kill any wildlife. The release says feeding wild crocodiles increases their dependency on humans for food leading the animals to become accustomed to humans. This could eventually lead to unwarranted attacks on unsuspecting victims who venture in the areas where feeding takes place. If caught, a person or persons may be fined up to one thousand dollars or serve six months in prison, or both. The Forest Department urges the general public to respect wildlife by not feeding, disturbing, molesting, or killing them and also by maintaining a safe distance when encountered. Any one spotting a crocodile in urbanized areas is asked to contact the Forest Department to remove crocodiles that may pose a threat to the community.