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Authorities to Fine Quintana Roo Wildlife Company Over Deaths of 124 Crocodiles

Agencia EFE
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February 11, 2016

A handout picture released by the Mexican Federal Prosecutor for Environmental Protection (PROFEPA) showing dead crocodiles in Chetumal, Quintana Roo State, Mexico. (AFP)

Mexican environmental authorities said they would fine a wildlife company for the deaths of 124 crocodiles that it failed to protect during a lengthy transfer from the northwestern state of Sinaloa to the Yucatan Peninsula.

The Profepa environmental protection agency said in a statement Wednesday that Cocodrilos Exoticos de Quintana Roo, a company based in Chetumal, that southeastern state's capital, would be fined as much as $193,957.

The agency said that during an inspection of the Cocodrilia wildlife conservation facility in Chetumal it observed that 350 Morelet's crocodiles from a reptile farm in the northwestern city of Culiacan, Sinaloa's capital, had been offloaded.

Of that total, 124 had died due to irregularities in their handling and cross-country transfer.

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