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#421929 - 11/14/11 08:06 AM Problematic Croc Preying on Pets
Marty Offline
On Saturday morning, October 29th, the American Crocodile Education Sanctuary (ACES) received a call from a resident in the San Pablo area that their pet dog had sustained injuries from a crocodile attack. Vince Rose, ACES Animal Behaviourist responded to the call and confirmed that the lucky pooch had narrowly escaped uncertain death with superficial lacerations to its left back leg. Based on information from the pet owner, and spotting a crocodile in the nearby canal, Rose ascertained that indeed there was a large crocodile residing in the area that could very well be preying on dogs. Unfortunately before measures could be taken to capture and relocate the problematic crocodile it managed to kill a pet dog in the neighbouring canal.

On Tuesday, November 1st, ACES responded to a call from Tamara Sniffin that her pet dog Maya, who had gone missing for less than 24 hours, was found floating under her boat dock along with a large crocodile that was apparently guarding the dead animal. The ACES team attempted to capture the crocodile without success. They thoughtfully removed and disposed of the deceased pet at the owner’s request. Two days later, on Friday the 4th of November, Sniffin spotted the croc with another dead dog in the same location under her dock. ACES was again called to the scene and were able to recover the dog from the water while pursuing the crocodile. They soon learned that the unfortunate dog, Mugzi, was the pet of Melody Sanchez who also lives on a nearby canal in the San Pablo area.

ACES proceeded with setting up a netted trap to capture the problematic croc and on Monday night, November 7th the ACES team, with the help of able-bodied neighbours successfully trapped and relocated the large, very aggressive croc. Measuring 10.7’ with approximately 13 “ missing from its tail, #26 was first captured by ACES on May 15, 2011 at the WASA Lagoon where the animal had been habitually feed by local boys as an illegal tourist attraction. The animal was relocated to the Mata Grande proposed wildlife area several miles north of San Pedro but reappeared on August 24th when ACES was called to a “croc in the pool” call from the Las Terrazas Resort.

At this point, and with the approval of the Belize Forest Department, ACES would have permanently contained this dangerous animal at their sanctuary facility north of San Pedro or at their facility on the mainland in Ladyville where he could no longer be a threat to people and pets. The contained animal would then serve as an educational opportunity for those visiting the ACES facility. However, due to a lack in funding ACES is yet to have adequate containment units for the problematic animals and they have no choice but to relocate the animals far from populated areas in hopes that it won’t return to the areas they associate with easy food.

Unfortunately this is the case with #26, who after being relocated for a second time to the Mata Grande area in August eventually travelled to the San Pablo area south of San Pedro in search of an effortless meal. The cunning croc, which has apparently developed a taste for dogs, was once again relocated to the Mata Grande area on Monday night.

According to ACES Biologist Cherie Chenot-Rose, they have on record eight repeat offender crocodiles, all longer than six feet in length. One croc has been recaptured as many as five times. “These repeat offenders are highly problematic, dangerous animals that need to be removed from this area. As a protected species this is our only option. Until we can find funding to construct additional containment units our only choice is to relocate them. It is not the answer to the problem and it does not assure the safety of the community or the animal. Chances are they will again return to their original habitat,” stated Rose.

ACES is an essential conservation organization to our community that not only assists in removing problematic crocodiles but protects and conserves these apex predators that are crucial to our marine ecosystem. For more information about ACES and how you can donate please visit their website at www.americancrocodilesanctuary.org. To report a problematic crocodile please call 631-6366.

#421985 - 11/14/11 02:36 PM Re: Problematic Croc Preying on Pets [Re: Marty]
Biologist Cherie Offline
To Concerned Residents and Resort Owners,

ACES is receiving complaints about the area into which we have been relocating problematic crocodiles. First, despite the rumors, ACES does not relocate problematic crocs into immediate residential areas, nor are we placing them in captivity and letting them escape. ACES hears and agrees with the relocation concerns one hundred percent and feels that the communities of Ambergris Caye need to come together to find the solution, hence a croc containment facility for education and tourism. No matter if we took these croc 100 miles away, it has been scientifically proven that they will normally return to where they came from originally. ACES has been providing a free community service of removing problematic crocs that are causing immediate danger to pets and people. We have been relocating these crocs to an area that is being proposed to become a wildlife sanctuary off of the public road leading into Grande Belize Estates Development where there are no immediate homes. For the record, there are only eight large repeat offending problematic crocs that we have relocated to the area north. Thus, we are re-capturing and relocating the same animals more than once, we are not bringing more crocs into the area. The relocated crocs keep returning to their southern homes. American crocodiles are not only an endangered species, but a very important part of keeping the island's ecosystem in balance and cannot just "be killed."

ACES has been suggesting an educational containment facility for over a year now and has even hand delivered proposals that are available for viewing at AmericanCrocodileSanctuary.org. We are a transparent non-profit organization and are willing to hold a public meeting and divulge our past years expenses, funding, and the estimated costs of the proposed educational tourist eco-attraction for the island. Please call Vince at 631-6366 with suggestions and concerns. Vince is happy to meet with you in person at your convenience.

Sincerely,Vince & Cherie
Cherie Chenot-Rose
ACES/American Crocodile Education Sanctuary
Help Take a Bite Out of Extinction!

#421990 - 11/14/11 04:26 PM Re: Problematic Croc Preying on Pets [Re: Biologist Cherie]
Rykat Offline
30-06....relocate their brains! wink smile
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#422003 - 11/14/11 05:52 PM Re: Problematic Croc Preying on Pets [Re: Marty]
GwenA Offline
I agree 100%. I spent ten years working as a wildlife biology technician, and at the Smithsonian Natl Zoo. I worked with endangered species every day. Sometimes there were problematic animals and "bad actors", that had to be put down. I respect the ACES folks, but if they are just going to relocate animals that are habituated to humans, and kill pets; and the animals continue to come back and kill, they need a few more courses in Wildlife Management.

I know whereof I speak and I'm with you Elbert. It just takes a little more paperwork in the States.

#422004 - 11/14/11 05:54 PM Re: Problematic Croc Preying on Pets [Re: GwenA]
SP Daily Offline
Geez Gwen...adding up all your experience..you must be 175 years old!

#422006 - 11/14/11 05:56 PM Re: Problematic Croc Preying on Pets [Re: Marty]
GwenA Offline
61! Sorry you don't have much Jesse!

#422014 - 11/14/11 06:23 PM Re: Problematic Croc Preying on Pets [Re: GwenA]
SP Daily Offline
Extremely impressive!
You must be a multi-tasker!

Edited by SP Daily (11/14/11 06:41 PM)

#422015 - 11/14/11 07:03 PM Re: Problematic Croc Preying on Pets [Re: Marty]
Cayemen Offline
Maybe we should have a different approach. Instead of having a security dog barking the whole night; we should start to have cross on our properties. No barking and they can be on a healthy diet by feeding on thieves.

This would save us a lot of money that we spend on dog food.
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#422016 - 11/14/11 07:16 PM Re: Problematic Croc Preying on Pets [Re: Marty]
Bear Offline
Yeah I'm afraid the lessons we learned in the Nat'l Park Service at Yosemite and Yellowstone were hard and bitter. After years of attempted relocations we finally came to the conclusion that we had to put down the animals that returned from backcountry relocation. That percentage was well above 90%.

It's prime croc habitat, with or without people. When you relocate or put one down, another is going to simply fill in the vacancy. Mother Nature abhors a vacuum and so apparently do crocs.

Not to be crass but if the croc was allowed to eat the second dog does one really think he would have hunted the third so quickly?

#422017 - 11/14/11 07:21 PM Re: Problematic Croc Preying on Pets [Re: Bear]
SP Daily Offline
Well, he'd be full for a short while...but then right back out looking for another dog...or small child.

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