Vincentians are reminded that the official close of the hunting season for mammals and reptiles are in effect until September 30, 2020.
The Forestry Department in the Ministry of Agriculture, Rural Transformation, Forestry, Fisheries and Industry is reminding the General Public that the close season for mammals such as manicou, the agouti as well as reptiles like the iguana runs from 1st February to 30th September.
This will allow these species time to be replenished ahead of the next open season.
Therefore, any person who:
- Hunts, or is a member of a party engaged in hunting any protected wildlife.
- Takes or disturbs the egg, or young of any protected wildlife.
- Damages or destroys the nest, or young of any protected wildlife.
- Has in his possession or control any protected wildlife or part thereof.
- Exposes or offers for sale or purchase any protected wildlife or any part thereof, or the egg, or young thereof.
Anyone found guilty of an offence and liable to prosecution according to the Wildlife Protection Act Chapter 55, Section 17 and also to a fine of two thousand dollars and in the case of a second or subsequent offence, to a fine of four thousand dollars and imprisonment for one (1) year.
Persons are also reminded that it is an offence to hunt in any Forest Reserve.
The Ministry has reminded that persons found violating this sanction, which is covered under the Wildlife Protection Act, runs the risk of jail time or a fine of several hundreds of dollars.