[www.inewsguyana.com] – Following passage of the new Wildlife Management and Conservation Regulations, Shonette Takurdeen is soon to be charged for being in possession of an illegally captured young Jaguar, which an endangered species.
According to a statement issued by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), a report of the woman transporting the animal was received by the Agency via Iwokrama, who obtained the information from its Ranger Station which was alerted by Officers of the Guyana Revenue Authority Outpost located at Kurupukari.
The EPA noted that Takurdeen was not in possession of any permit to capture or transport the animal. As such, the woman has been instructed to report at every Police Outpost / Station en-route from Kurupukari to Georgetown and finally to take the animal to Guyana Zoo.
This recent crackdown reiterated calls by the Minister of Natural Resources and the Environment, Robert Persaud for continued collaboration with the various agencies for similar operations to protect endangered wildlife and indigenous communities that depend on hunting for a livelihood.
To this effect the Minister submitted to the National Assembly and signed the Wild Management and Conservation Regulations of 2013 which is being enforced by the EPA.
Meanwhile, Officers of the Environmental Protection Agency are on standby at the Zoological Park of the Protected Areas Commission to receive the animal and to escort Takurdeen to the Brickdam Police Station for processing and institution of the charge.