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The National Environment and Planning Agency (NEPA), is urging members of the public to desist from capturing or harming crocodiles as it is against the law.

NEPA said that the American Crocodile, which is one of Jamaica’s protected animals, is typically docile but can be aggressive when harassed.

Crocodiles are protected under the Wild Life Protection Act and it is an offence to have a crocodile or any part of the animal in one’s possession.

Anyone found guilty of these offences is liable to a fine of up to $100,000 or be imprisoned for up to a year.

NEPA said members of the public should call 1-888-991-5005 or 754-7540 if crocodiles are seen in areas outside of their natural habitat.