A young puma has been rescued from a home in Limón by the Policía Turística. This cat, also known as a cougar, is one of several animals that were handled by Fuerza Pública officers over the weekend.
A puma is a serious member of the cat family, and there was no explanation why someone would want to have one as a household pet. Police did not say why the individual was keeping the cat in a cage. But they did take the animal to a big cat shelter in Cocles.
Police have been facing a number of animal calls, probably brought on by some well-publicized captures. Usually the Ministerio de Ambiente y Energía is involved, too.
Police also stopped a motorist carrying a paca in a bag at Parque Nacional Corcovado. The paca (Cuniculus paca) is a large rodent that is raised for meat in Costa Rica. They also are hunted in the wilds. In Spanish they are called tepezcuintle.
Other police officers in Goicoechea were called upon this weekend to extract a macaw that was in coffee tree. The bird may have been a pet that was liberated. Police estimated that the bird was about 10 years old.
The bird was caged and taken to a sanctuary in Puntarenas. they said.
Individuals who have forest animals in their possession are committing a crime, but many times the case are not prosecuted.