PRESS RELEASE – The Wildlife and Surveillance Units of the Forestry Department continues to actively monitor and investigate cases of wildlife endangerment around the island particularly on the northeast coast.
This follows the recent arrest and subsequent charge of a man photographed barbequing the endemic Saint Lucia Iguana (Iguana iguana) in the community of Boguis, Babonneau
Kennedy Vincent Chastanet who was charged for the offences of illegal possession, slaughter and consumption of an adult female iguana has paid the first installment of the $1500 charge.
He was formally charged by the Forestry Department on Tuesday July 29th, 2014 under the Saint Lucia Wildlife Protection Act 1980 (revised 2001) and released on condition that the charges be paid in full no later than September 1st, 2014.
Cognizant of its mandate to protect wildlife, the Forestry Department reminds members of the public, especially those residing in Babonneau and Dennery that the Saint Lucia Iguana is an endemic reptile which is protected by law.
Except by the authority of a license or permit, issued under section 10 of the revised Saint Lucia Wildlife Protection Act, a person who hunts or takes any protected wildlife or the eggs, fried or young thereof, commits an offence.
The offender is liable on summary conviction to a fine not exceeding $5,000, or to a term of imprisonment not exceeding twelve (12) months.
Currently, the existence of the Saint Lucia Iguana is threatened by habitat destruction and predators including stray dogs and cats. Therefore, individuals are urged to abide by the law and to assist in the protection and conservation of the Saint Lucia Iguana.
Any person with information or queries regarding the Saint Lucia iguana or any other wildlife species is urged to contact the Forestry Department at telephone number 468 5644 or 468 5645, or to visit us at the Gabriel Charles Forestry Complex in Union, Castries.
The Forestry Department expresses its gratitude to the public for its assistance and cooperation.