CAMPECHE — The Federal Attorney for Environmental Protection (Profepa) reported that it has found no evidence of the presence of a Bengal tiger on the loose in communities in the state of Campeche.
Profepa and other federal and local environmental authorities deployed an operation to clarify the possible presence of the tiger, and after thorough review of trap cameras they installed in strategic locations, the ministry said that only the presence of hunters was detected along with felines native of this region.
These cats are of far too short stature to be a Bengal tiger, which is characterized by a height of between 1.20 to 1.30 meters, authorities said.
Sightings of a very large cat resembling a Bengal tiger had been reported recently in several communities near the Los Petenes Biosphere Reserve near the Campeche-Yucatan state border. Abandoned zoo animals including large felines have been discovered in other locations in the Peninsula.
In response, a team was integrated by Profepa, the National Commission of Natural Protected Areas (CONANP), the Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources (Semarnat), the Secretariat of Environment and Natural Resources Campeche (Semarnat Cam), Pronatura Yucatan Peninsula and Research Center of Wildlife of SEMARNAT, which will continue monitoring paths in the area.
The trap cameras will continue in operation 10 days, in order to have evidence of the occurrence of this issue, or any other feline that could endanger the population, so it would be relocated.
Profepa urges people, if the presence of Bengal tiger, to give notice to the appropriate authority, and not attempt to capture him alone.
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