PRLog - March 12, 2014 - This weekend in Franceville and Moanda, a large-scale operation was implemented by the Provincial Directorate of Forestry in collaboration with the Parc des Plateaux Batéké, the police and Conservation Justice. This action has also been facilitated by financial support from CEB , Rougier, Gorilla Protection Project and Sodepal.
As we approach the opening of hunting season, the operation of law enforcement for the protection of wildlife, and remind people of the rules on hunting.
To this end, the controls and awareness campaigns among the population took place Saturday and Sunday in the markets and shops and at the train station in Franceville and airport in Mvengué, leading to the discovery of illegal game.
In particular seized pangolins, several small monkeys ( Cercopithecus ), duikers ( antelope ) of different species, bush pigs, the brush-tailed porcupines, owls and a genet. Among the fully protected species, was also seized a giant pangolin.
As required by law, the seized goods were immediately incinerated by the Forestry OPJ with general jurisdiction, this before the eyes of offenders by reminding them that they are liable to prosecution. Indeed, during the closed hunting season, capturing wild animals, their transport and distribution are prohibited.
Hunting season will be open again from March 15.
It is recalled that, during this period, hunting remains subject to slaughter and latitudes indicated on the hunting license. In addition, at any time of the year, hunting, taking, possession, transportation and marketing of fully protected species is prohibited. Failure to follow these rules can lead to imprisonment up to six months and fines of up to ten million CFA francs.