Crocodile Management and Control Courses for Puerto Vallarta Firefighters
In order to strengthen knowledge and improved techniques in crocodile management and control, the Municipal Government of Puerto Vallarta, through the Commissioner of Public Safety, Highway, Fire and Municipal Civil Protection and the Department of Ecology, participated in the training course taught by crocodile biologists at the Cipactli University of Guadalajara, Puerto Vallarta campus.
Attending the course were Municipal Fire personnel among those who received training, reported biologists Helios and Pablo Simitrio Hernández Hurtado, who mentioned that the primary goal of this course is to ensure that the firefighters are well trained in the capture and release of crocodiles without risk to themselves or the reptiles when they return them to their natural environment.
Because Puerto Vallarta is a tourist destination, the Hernández Hurtado brothers explain that it is important to take preventive measures to avoid conflicts between our citizens, tourists and the crocodiles. It is not uncommon for the crocodiles to wander from their natural habitat onto the beaches, hotel grounds and golf courses.
The course lasted for seven hours with intensive training on the safest way to capture the reptiles without injury.
The Public Security Directorate stated the courses will be ongoing in training the Firefighters and Police Department personnel in supplying them with the ecological knowledge on this subject for the benefit and security of society.
Translated and edited by Team Angels
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