Police asked to stem waves of turtle egg thefts in Pacific

Residents of the Pacific coast of the Nicoya peninsula are asking the Fuerza Pública to crack down on persons who steal turtle eggs. The turtle nesting season is from July to December, and residents say that police told them they do not have sufficient resources.

The beaches involved are near the communities of San Francisco de Coyote, San Miguel and Bejuco.
The situation was make known by the Programa de Restoración de Tortuga Marina, an environmental organization known as PRETOMA. The residents presented a formal petition a week ago signed by 259 persons, the organization said. Informal requests have not been heeded, it added.

Egg stealing is epidemic along the coast, and organizations like PRETOMA say that egg thieves are ruining a valuable natural resource.

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