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Iguana Agouti opossum

Iguana, agouti and opossum, known locally as manicou, are protected species hunted in St. Vincent and the Grenadines.

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The Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries has announced a shortened hunting season this year, the Agency for Public Information has reported.

Following the eruption of La Soufriere volcano in April 2021, the ministry decided to place a moratorium on hunting for the 2021-2022 season, which should have run from Oct. 1. 2021 to Jan. 31, 2022.

The moratorium was to allow species to recover as well as to preserve the habitats of protected and partially-protected wildlife including mammals, reptiles and birds.

Forestry Officer for Compliance, Bradford Latham, said observations and research show an increase in wildlife species’ populations, hence the decision to allow hunting this year.

However, the season will run from Oct. 1, to Dec. 31, 2022 rather than until Jan. 31, 2023.

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The Forestry Department is appealing to the public to comply with the laws of the country and the guidelines provided by the ministry to ensure that the animals are there for future seasons.

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