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Published on Tuesday, September 5, 2023
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff
The white-tailed deer is a medium-sized species of deer native to Costa Rica. The animal was declared a symbol of the fauna in 1995. The docile four-legged animal appears on the reverse side of the Costa Rican 1,000 colón bill.
According to the police report, patrol officers reported witnessing the baby deer inside a small hen house on a property. After a brief interview, they confirmed with the house owner that the animal was kept as a pet.
The deer was
rescued and taken to an animal rescue center
of the National System of Conservation Areas
(Sinac), which is the organization in charge
of all the wild areas and national parks in
Police officers issued a complaint before the Public Ministry against the owners of the property as suspects of illegal possession of a wild animal.
The deer is
regarded as vulnerable from a conservation
standpoint. It is threatened by
deforestation, hunting and for pet trade,
according to the International Union for
Conservation of Nature (IUCN),
Taking wild animals and keeping them captive is a crime in Costa Rica. According to Wildlife Conservation Law No.7317, people found guilty of keeping wild species in captivity could pay a fine between $600 to $26,000 or even receive a prison sentence of one to three years.
Anonymous complaints about wild animals hunting or in captivity can be made by calling line 1192.
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