Monday, February 19, 2018

Flood appeal: 'Please don't kill the wildlife'

A caiman near a flooded home.

THE group Wildlife and Environmental Protection of T&T (WEPTT) is appeal to people in flood Ravaged areas of the country not to kill the wildlife that are entering properties in search of dry land.

People are being encouraged to call WEPTT instead.

In a statement on Sunday the organisaiton said it should be expected to see many displaced animals, “especially ones you would never guess you would see around your home such as snakes, caimans, large birds and even sightings of river otters and capybaras”.

“Please understand that these animals mean no harm, and they certainly do not intend on staying. Like many of us, their intention is to survive. They do not want to be there as much as we do not want them to be. THEY WILL LEAVE ON THEIR OWN”.

 Instead, Wildlife and Environmental Protection of T&T (WEPTT) has these tips.


If you encounter an animal:

1) Leave it alone – Do not approach the animal because a cornered animal will defend itself. Take a picture if possible so we can identify the animal accurately.

2) Call WEPTT at 341-9983 so we can properly identify the animal and advise you what you can do or if expert assistance is required.

3) Do not try to move the animal or get close to it without first identifying the animal with an expert and finding out if it's possible and safe to do. They also guide and assist you in contacting officers of the Wildlife Section.

4) Most importantly, do not kill the animal. It does not want to be in your home as much as you do not want it to be there. Not only is killing the animal unnecessary, chances are, it is against the law since the animals are prudent to a sustainable bio-diverse environment that is already disturbed by the floods.

WEPTT said that it has received multiple calls from across the country and that number is increasing. “Those calls include opossums (manicou), caimans, snakes and a hawk. Our only intention of intervention is if the animal is injured or poses a direct threat to human life. A caiman in your yard swimming by in three feet of water is just going to be there until he finds somewhere safe to stay or until the flood waters subside and he is able to find and return to his home. We urge all citizens to not intervene a distressed or displaced animal, doing so can result in injuring yourself or the animal”.