Police confront crimes involving cows, parrots and pacas

Ministerio de Gobernación, Policía y Seguridad Pública photo Confiscated quadracycle and dead pacas.

Illegal hunting, rustling and the illegal transportation of parrot chicks required police action over the weekend. The Fuerza Pública said it was stepping up its efforts against such crimes.

The confiscations began Friday at a road checkpoint in Puerto Jiménez on the Osa Peninsula. Officers stopped a man traveling on a quadracycle. Upon inspection, officers found two dead pacas, called tepezcuintles in Spanish. They are nocturnal forest rodents that frequently are raised for food.

Ministerio de Gobernación, Policía y Seguridad Pública photo Four cows, including one with a fake brand on its rump.

Officers said they also confiscated a .22-caliber revolver that appears to have been used to kill the creatures. A prosecutor in Golfito ordered the confiscation of the animals, the quadracycle and the pistol, said the Ministerio de Gobernación, Policía y Seguridad Pública.

Sunday officers of the Policía de Fronteras from La Cruz stopped two men who were transporting parrot chicks in a vehicle. Officers had been tipped off by someone at a private firm who has seen the men and the birds. The two men were cited to appear in court, and the chicks were confiscated.
Both incidents involved personnel from the local conservation areas and the Ministerio del Ambiente, Energía y Telecomunicaciones.

In the northern zone police in conjunction with the Judicial Investigating Organization managed to recover cows that had been rustled.

There has been a wave of cattle thefts in the area. Sunday, based on a tip, police arrived at a finca in El Progreso de Upala near the Nicaraguan border.

There they found four animals that had been reported stolen from a finca in Las Milpas, they said. Police notified a prosecutor who ordered the woman who owns the finca to report to court, they said. Police took away the cows. They added the crooks tried to alter the brands on the animals by placing a new brand over that of the true owner.

Last April 28 frontier police confiscated two more cows which they believe were taken from the same finca. However, police said that there were many more cases in the area that had caused considerable economic impact of ranchers.

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