Forestry, Wildlife & Parks Division announces closure of hunting season and addresses the Poaching of Bats

The Forestry, Wildlife & Parks Division of the Commonwealth of Dominica wishes to inform the public that the hunting season for this year has officially closed as of November 30, 2023. We would like to remind all citizens and residents that hunting activities are not permitted until the next designated season (i.e., October 2024). This includes the harming and removal of any wildlife such as snakes, iguanas, frogs, bats, birds, crabs, freshwater fish, freshwater snails, and crayfish.

Persons who engage in any form of hunting or fishing without valid documentation are liable to a fine of two thousand five hundred dollars (XCD 2,500) per offence. Additionally, the sale and possible limited exportation of agouti, manicou, and crab meat is prohibited as of December 31, 2023. Exportation will not be granted to persons until the next Hunting Season. Persons found selling and exporting wildlife including parts thereof shall be prosecuted by law and face a fine of five thousand dollars (XCD 5,000) per offence.

This limited hunting and exportation period aims to strike a balance between the conservation of our precious wildlife and the sustainable utilization of our natural resources. The public is urged to pay attention species list and timeframe published for each hunting season as these can change from year to year.

Illegal Hunting Activity Alert – Dublanc Bat Cave

The Forestry Division is deeply concerned about a recent video circulating on social media depicting individuals engaged in illegal hunting activities within a cave in Dublanc. The video captures the poaching of bats, a species that has never been on the approved hunting list and whose existence is vital for the island’s agricultural industry.

The Forestry, Wildlife & Parks Division categorically condemns such illegal and unsustainable practices. We
wish to emphasize that the hunting of bats has never been permitted in Dominica, and the actions depicted in the video are in clear violation of our conservation laws.

While the video purportedly dates back to a previous year, the Division recognizes the attention it has garnered and believes it is imperative to address the matter. We remind the public that conservation efforts are vital to maintaining the ecological balance of our island, and illegal hunting poses a significant threat to our wildlife populations, our health, and our economy. The Forestry, Wildlife & Parks Division is committed to enforcing conservation laws and promoting sustainable practices that ensure the well-being of our environment for current and future generations.

For further information or to report any illegal hunting activities, please contact the Forestry, Wildlife & Parks Division’s at 266-5852.

About the Forestry, Wildlife & Parks Division

The Forestry, Wildlife & Parks Division is a government body dedicated to the sustainable management and conservation of Dominica's rich biodiversity. With a focus on environmental stewardship, the Division strives to balance the needs of the present while safeguarding the resources for future generations.

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