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Small crocodile captured in Puerto Vallarta’s Cuale River

The staff of the Municipal Ecology sub-direction captured a small crocodile in the Cuale River on Monday. The young crocodile sighting was reported by neighbors a few days ago.

The capture was recorded at 11:00 p.m., after officials from the department monitored the area for a week waiting for the crocodile to reappear after receiving reported sightings.

The animal was under the bridge of the river, between the colonies Benito Juárez and Canoas, and the maneuvers for its capture were complicated by the current conditions of the tributary, since the current is intense and the rocks slippery, so it was necessary to wait for the small reptile to move to a location of the river with less current.

After being caught, it was reported that the specimen measures 1.09 meters and is marked with the number 575, which corresponds to the Estero El Salado, so it was moved to be released into its habitat.

The river crocodile, Crocodylus acutus, is a species protected by NOM-059-SEMARNAT-2010, so that any management or manipulation carried out with any specimen of this species is an environmental crime, hence the authorities of Ecology urge the population to respect these and all wild animals, and report any incident to 911.

Last week, the body of a fisherman was recovered in Ameca River after being attacked and killed by a crocodile.

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