Specialized Dagma personnel released the sugarcane fox in the wooded area of the Tres Cruces hill.
Four ‘Cerdocyon thous’ (cane or crab-eating fox) have entered this week the step home, product of rescues in the city. The last of these rescued specimens was released in the wooded area of Cerro de las Tres Cruces, after a veterinary medical assessment that found it to be in perfect health.
Franklin Castillo, deputy director of Environmental Quality of the Administrative Department of Environmental Management-Dagma, called on the community to respect speed limits, especially in peripheral areas of the city and thus avoid accidents with wildlife.
“Cali has great natural wealth; we have urban forests, wetlands, protected areas and many more elements, which make it very common for wildlife to meet with the community. We need to incorporate friendly practices into our lives, to prevent these opportunities for joy from turning into tragedy for many of these animals,” Castillo said.
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The Dagma official revealed that the group of Wildlife is working together with the District Mobility Secretariat, with a view to technically equipping the city with signage.
“This signaling infrastructure is for humans, not animals. Only by complying with the already established traffic regulations, we are sure we will be able to lower the accident rates in which wild fauna specimens are significantly affected”, Franklin Castillo pointed out.
So far this year, 823 specimens of wildlife have entered for assessment and attention to the Step Home of the Dagma, of which 540 are due to rescues and 283 to wildlife trafficking.
In the event of witnessing or suffering an accident with wildlife, the Administrative Department of Environmental Management must be notified (phone 602 653 08 69) or the Environmental Police (316 893 19 97) for collection and care.
The specimen can also be taken to the Environmental Authority’s Wild Fauna Passage Home, located in the Municipal Nursery (Avenue 2N # 36A-40), which operates continuously 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.
The inadequate disposal of waste and well-intentioned practices such as the installation of feeders for pets (dogs and cats) that live on the streets, also affect the increase in the number of accidents with sugarcane foxes (Cerdocyon thous), guatines (Dasyprocta punctata), iguanas (iguana iguana) and opossums (Didelphis marsupialis), which increasingly enter the urban area in search of food.
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Sugarcane fox returned to its habitat on the hill of the Tres Cruces
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