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#346906 - 08/01/09 03:50 PM Croc teasing
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#346917 - 08/01/09 07:23 PM Re: Croc teasing [Re: ckocian]
Texican Offline
Surprising more thrill seekers don't meet their fate getting close-up and cozy with wild animals. People who wouldn't let thier children bicycle without training wheels at home let them bareback dolphins on holiday. Croc Hunter, stingrays and all that...

#353249 - 10/03/09 11:21 AM Re: Croc teasing [Re: Texican]
Marty Offline
Illegal Croc feeding continues

What happens when wild American crocodiles are illegally fed for entertainment? They begin to associate man with food and will approach anyone who looks like they are offering a meal. Case in point, a couple weeks ago this young man lured a huge croc in from the WASA lagoon south of San Pedro with nothing more than a rock tied onto a rope. It all took place just yards from a large sign that was recently posted by the Belize Forest Department warning against the act, stating “Under Chapter 220 of the Laws of Belize Wildlife Protection Act, molesting (feeding) wildlife is punishable by a $1,000 fine and/or six months in prison.”Days later a photo of a large croc taken in the same area was posted on the Ambergriscaye.com message board. The croc was consuming a large bag of garbage that was illegally dumped in the area. The bag was reportedly full of tin cans and other indigestible trash. Again, the animal demonstrated an appetite for food originating from man. In both scenarios this behavior is unhealthy and may even be lethal to the animal, while feeding crocs is a dangerous and illegal practice. The public is reminded again that it is illegal to molest or feed wildlife and dumping trash in the area is illegal as well.

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#353286 - 10/03/09 03:46 PM Re: Croc teasing [Re: Marty]
Peter Jones Offline
Eventually there will be a tragedy. Perhaps that's what it takes to get the danger into the thick skulls of some people. When it happens, I just hope it's one of the perpetrators and not an innocent passer-by.

#355063 - 10/19/09 04:53 PM Re: Croc teasing [Re: Peter Jones]
Rigrat Offline
Wasn't there just a tragedy with a pet dog? Or is it just rumours we hear on the mainland?

#355064 - 10/19/09 05:05 PM Re: Croc teasing [Re: Rigrat]
collyk Offline
Unfortunately so and the proper authorities have been contacted and are dealing with the issue.
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#355072 - 10/19/09 06:41 PM Re: Croc teasing [Re: collyk]
Marty Offline

The Saga Humane Society has received several complaints in the last several weeks about crocodile feedings down by the water plant area again. These feedings have resulted in the lost of two small dogs on the island. One of these dogs was a family pet now being mourned by a very distraught and traumatized child. Not only is this behavior illegal and dangerous, it is clearly being conducted by morons. The Saga Humane Society along with the South Ambergris Caye Neighborhood Watch(SACNW) will increase patrols in the area and will prosecute to the full extent of the law anyone conducting or participating in any of these activities. The Wildlife Division has been notified of these incidents and will also carry out an investigation and remove any crocodiles now conditioned to human feedings. Anyone passing by that area and seeing any of this illegal activity is asked to notify the patrol at the SACNW station. That number is 610-4911.

Please help us protect our wildlife by stopping this illegal and very dangerous activity.

#355082 - 10/19/09 07:29 PM Re: Croc teasing [Re: Marty]
Amanda Syme Offline
The dangerous activity of croc feeding is not a joke, it might be enteraining but it is dangerous to people and the animal and it is downright unhealthy and unnatural for the croc. This is a practice that should be stopped and people that particpate, be it physically or simply as bystanders should be made aware of the dangers to themselves and to the crocodile.

Who thinks frozen chicken or a rock on a rope is the natural diet of a 12 foot crocodile? This is cruelty to animals. The crocs end up obese, dependent on hand outs, subject to cruelty of kids throwing rocks, and yes, even people shooting at them.

Nobody wants to chastise a tourist in this era of few and far between visitors, but aren't most of our guests here for the natural habitat, not for parlour tricks?


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