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Raccoons Rescued, Rehabilitated, and Released

Jacob Cabral appeared yesterday before Magistrate Janelle Villanueva in San Pedro Town where he was arraigned on a charge of “Unlawful Possession of Forest Produce”. He was ordered to pay a fine of two thousand dollars by March 30, 2018. If he defaults on payment he will serve up to six months behind bars. According to the Forest Department, Cabral had three raccoons in his possession at his business place on Caye Caulker Village. The Department says that he claimed that the three five-week-old raccoons were given to him as a gift and was using the animals for wildlife tourism. The raccoons were confiscated and taken to the Belize Wildlife Referral Clinic and later to Wildtracks for rehabilitation. A representative from Wildtracks told us that the raccoons successfully completed their rehabilitation program. The raccoons have been released softly, meaning that a tracker is placed on them and they are fed with supplementary nutrients until they can fully be released into the wild. According to Forest Officer, Minerva Gonzalez, raccoons pose a major health risk to people and other pets. They have known carriers of zoonotic parasites and infectious diseases, including rabies.