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Crocodile in Bridgeport canal, NEPA attempting to capture

Published:Friday | June 26, 2015 | 6:29 AM

The National Environment and Planning Agency (NEPA) is to make another attempt today to capture and relocate a crocodile which has been sighted in the vicinity of the Bridgeport canal in St Catherine.

Yesterday NEPA warned members of the public to exercise caution in the vicinity of the canal in St Catherine following reports of crocodile sightings in that area over the last two weeks.

NEPA says it made an unsuccessful attempt to capture and move the crocodile to a more remote area on Tuesday.

It says it has already relocated the animal twice in the last year.

Meanwhile, the Agency is reminding members of the public not to molest or attempt to catch the animal as these actions are dangerous and also constitute a violation under the Wild Life Protection Act.

NEPA says the Urban Development Corporation will join it in visiting the Bridgeport Police Youth Club tomorrow at 7 o’clock to sensitise the community about crocodiles.

The public is urged to call NEPA at 1-888-991-5005 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 harassed or harmed. 

Reports may also be made to 119 or the nearest police station.