Turtle eggs crooks and illegal hunters are environmental targets

Ministerio de Gobernación, Policía y Seguridad Pública photo These are the turtle eggs confiscated in Matina

While police on the Caribbean coast are on the lookout for turtle egg thieves, the environmental ministry is sending teams into the jungle to catch illegal hunters.

A robbery at a turtle nursery highlighted that situation. Investigators have not said yet that they have captured any of the individuals who invaded a private turtle facility in Moín last week and took 1,500 eggs after tying up an employee and foreign volunteers. The Fuerza Pública did report over the weekend that officers in Matina found a taxi with more than 400 turtle eggs in the trunk.

Three men were apprehended to face a flagrancy tribunal that dishes out quick justice to those caught red-handed. The taxi containing the men and the eggs was stopped at a police checkpoint.

The environmental foray into the public land in southern Costa Rica came after young men with the head of a black panther showed up on a social network site. The Ministerio de Ambiente, Energía y Telecomunicaciones said the park workers will be patrolling areas that are known as sites where illegal hunting takes place. Also involved are Fuerza Pública officers and agents from the Judicial Investigating Organization. They will be in the Parque Nacional Tapantí.

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