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Puma sighted in San Pedro Town

Posted By: Short

Puma sighted in San Pedro Town - 12/20/13 10:52 PM

Puma sighted in San Pedro Town
Thursday, December 19th, 2013


There is much concern amongst local residents on Ambergris Caye following reports that a puma was sighted on the morning of Thursday December 19th. So far, the Belize Forestry Department has been combing the area and is also warning residents to be extra vigilant.

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According to an eye witness report, sometime around 7:30 AM he sighted the tawny cat also referred to as a cougar (Puma concolor) near the San Telmo Area around Caribbean Villas. The wild cat was seen walking across the street in a dense area on Coconut Drive in San Pedro Town. He immediately reported the incident to local police, who contacted the Belize Forestry Department. According to Pantera Expert Bart Harmsen, pumas are usually “extremely slippery” and are known to move around very quickly and unnoticed. “What we know is that people have seen the wild cat and there are reports of rabbits and chickens gone missing,” said Harmsen as he explained to authorities what has been established so far. Residents in the area are also reporting that they have been noticing less raccoons in the area recently. “The only way to catch this puma is if we know where it is,” he added. So far, only tracks were noticed in the early part of the day, but due to the heavy downpour of rain, those tracks were washed away, making it difficult to further investigate the sighting.

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Hunt Continues for Wild Puma in San Pedro, Ambergris Caye
December 20, 2013 - 18:10


In our little town word about something exciting spreads faster than wildfire and that’s exactly what happened on Thursday, December 19, 2013, as the news that a wildcat was seen crossing the street and running into the bushes in the south side of town quickly got residents panicking. Tonight, the Belize Forestry Department urges residents to be vigilant of such a wild animal.

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Mountain lions are also called cougars, panthers, catamounts, and in Belize pumas and that is what a resident spotted crossing the street on Coconut Drive early this morning. Residents in the area claim that their live stock such as chickens and rabbits have become prey for the mighty cougar. Local authorities including the San Pedro Town Council and the San Pedro Police Department were informed about the situation and personnel from the Belize Forestry Department and Belize Wildlife Referral Clinic came to the island to assist in capturing the wildcat.

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Posted By: Ernie B

Re: Puma sighted in San Pedro Town - 12/20/13 10:57 PM

And the beat goes on.
Posted By: bobcat bill

Re: Puma sighted in San Pedro Town - 12/20/13 11:02 PM

MEOW!!!
Posted By: champion

Re: Puma sighted in San Pedro Town - 12/21/13 02:35 PM

He is now spotted near Sapphire Beach. 1 hr ago
Posted By: LaurieMar

Re: Puma sighted in San Pedro Town - 12/21/13 02:40 PM

"The only way to catch this puma is if we know where it is."

Yep!
Posted By: Phil

Re: Puma sighted in San Pedro Town - 12/21/13 04:04 PM

Caribbean Villas to Saphhire Beach without being seen through the heart of town. I say Number 2.
Posted By: Amanda Syme

Re: Puma sighted in San Pedro Town - 12/21/13 04:07 PM

They caught the one by Caribbean Villas. So the one by Sapphire Beach will be another creature.
Posted By: Phil

Re: Puma sighted in San Pedro Town - 12/21/13 04:12 PM

Where when and how. Details. See what happens when you stay in on a Friday evening!?!?!?!
Posted By: champion

Re: Puma sighted in San Pedro Town - 12/21/13 05:38 PM

Go the info from a friend that lives there this morning. On Facebook.
Posted By: collyk

Re: Puma sighted in San Pedro Town - 12/21/13 06:16 PM

As far as current information coming from the Forest Department, the puma on the south of Ambergris Caye has not been caught. If it has been, then we do need to get that information to them. In the meantime, people should be vigilant and not approach the animal.

If a puma has been spotted at Sapphire Beach, it is possible, but unlikely that it is the same cat. There are many large cats on the north of the island as there is a huge national reserve there. If you have any concerns or questions about wildlife or if you believe you have spotted the puma on the south of the island, please call the Belize Wildlife Conservation Network, Wildlife Hotline toll free on 0800 822 8888.
Posted By: Amanda Syme

Re: Puma sighted in San Pedro Town - 12/21/13 06:25 PM

Thanks for the update Collette - I was misinformed. The rumour mill is working overtime.
Posted By: champion

Re: Puma sighted in San Pedro Town - 12/21/13 07:13 PM

False alarm, he just said he was following it on line. Doesnt get there till Xmass. Sorry.
Posted By: collyk

Re: Puma sighted in San Pedro Town - 12/21/13 08:06 PM

People are very excited about the puma sighting down south, so there are a lot of tall 'cat tales' going around smile. Let's hope that all of the excitement has sent the poor kitty back to a safer area.

Posted By: Ernie B

Re: Puma sighted in San Pedro Town - 12/21/13 11:40 PM

Puma = aka, Couger= Swamp Thang laugh = .........
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