December 28, 2012
The National Environment and Planning Agency (NEPA) advises the public that duck hunting is illegal in Jamaica under the Wild Life Protection Act. NEPA has received reports of the illegal shooting of ducks in the parishes of Westmoreland, St. Elizabeth, Clarendon and St. Catherine.
Under the Wild Life Protection Act, it is a breach to hunt, injure or molest any protected animal or bird. Anyone caught in breach can be fined up to $100,000 and/or imprisoned for up to one year. Possession of the whole or part of any protected animal or bird - including being in possession of the nest or egg of a protected bird - is also an offence under the Act.
Members of the public are advised to refrain from hunting ducks or any other protected animal or bird.
Persons are asked to report the hunting of ducks or other protected birds to NEPA by Toll-Free line 1-888-991-5005 or regular telephone 754-7540.