Authorities vigilant to prevent wildlife smuggling during holiday
Officials from the National System of Conservation Areas (SINAC) will perform surveillance operations during Easter Holy Week on roads throughout the country in order to avoid the extraction, hunting, illegal transportation or trade of species of flora and fauna.
The operations aim to prevent endangered species from being taken out of their natural habitat by vacationers next week, when most Ticos take time off to visit tourist destinations.
According to Costa Rica’s new Wildlife Law – approved last October – people caught buying or selling wildlife species could face sanctions that include imprisonment of one to three years, fines and confiscation of the species.
The law sets fines for sport hunters of up to ₡1.5 million ($3,000) and up to ₡900,000 ($1,800) for people caught trafficking wildlife species.
Those who kill animals or destroy nests or natural habitats also will face the same consequences.
You may be interested
Costa Rica immigration offices to remain closed until OctoberAlejandro Zúñiga - September 19, 2020
The Immigration Administration on Friday said its main and regional offices will remain closed until October due to the coronavirus…
Pic of the Day: Hopping into the weekendAlejandro Zúñiga - September 19, 2020
Happy weekend from all of us at The Tico Times! [caption id="attachment_62085" align="aligncenter" width="740"] (Courtesy of Brian Kubicki)[/caption] [caption id="attachment_111342"…
Top dental clinics in Costa Rica meet patient needs in the age of COVIDVayolla Quiros / Goodness Dental - September 18, 2020
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released its guidelines for dental settings in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.…