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Two fined for breaching Wildlife Protection Act

Two men were this week fined for breaching the Wildlife Protection Act when they appeared in the St. Catherine Parish Court.

Ron Williams and Andrew Taylor pleaded guilty on Tuesday.

They were fined $60,000 or 30 days imprisonment for being in a game sanctuary in possession of animals or birds and $50,000 or 30 days imprisonment for carrying firearms into a game reserve.

The charges arose from joint monitoring by the National Environment and Planning Agency and the Jamaica Constabulary Force on August 27.

The team came across Mr. Williams and Mr. Taylor exiting the Portmore and Greater Portmore Game Reserve in St. Catherine with their weapons and game birds. 

Both hunters were issued warning notices and subsequently charged.

Hunting is prohibited within game reserves, forest reserves, the Blue and John Crow Mountains National Park, and within 50 metres of their boundaries.