Acting Forest Officer responsible for Research and Monitoring, Stephen Durand has asked the public to not take advantage of wild animals, which he described as vulnerable.
Durand, who was talking to Dominica Vibes in an interview on Monday 13 November 2017, stated that all have to be mindful of the island’s animals as they are suffering due to lack of food and shelter.
“The situation is that the birds and the animals are suffering… A lot of people are very concerned because animals and birds are in their yards and their farms. It’s tough for the animals and we are asking persons to not take advantage of the situation,” Durand stated.
He noted that these animals are part of Dominica’s culture and if that is forgotten, these animals might be lead into extinction.
“Some of these animals are endemic and are a very important species and if we forget that and just say that what available to eat, we might just be what pushes these animals into extinction. So we need to be very careful,” he said.
Durand asked the public to stay away from hunting and fishing which is illegal as hunting season is closed further urging them to refrain from starting fires that might become uncontrollable.
“We are just asking the public to refrain from hunting and to keep our animals safe in this vulnerable time. We would also be very grateful if persons are very conscious about burning, specifically uncontrollable burning. A lot of persons are burning things right now and we would be happy if they are careful about where they start fires to help prevent uncontrollable bush fires,” said Durand.