January 23, 2015
The National Environment and Planning Agency (NEPA) is appealing to members of the public to desist from capturing or harming crocodiles.
Recent reports of residents in Whitehouse, St. James attempting to capture a crocodile is of concern. The American Crocodile, which is one of Jamaica's protected animal is typically docile but can be aggressive when harassed.
Crocodiles are protected under the Wild Life Protection Act and it is an offence to have a crocodile or any part of the animal in one's possession. Anyone found guilty of these offences are liable to a fine of up to $100,000 or twelve (12) months imprisonment.
Members of the public are urged to call NEPA at 1-888-991-5005 or 754-7540 if crocodiles are seen in areas outside of their natural habitat where they may pose a threat to human activities or if they are being captured, harassed, harmed or the meat is being sold. Reports may also be made to 119 or the nearest police station.