Authorities in Mexico are looking for a crocodile that allegedly ate a man last weekend.
According to a press release from the National Commission of Natural Protected Areas (CONANP), the crocodile attack occurred in the La Encrucijada reserve in the extreme south of Mexico.
The incident occurred during the weekend, when four teenagers entered a fishing area of the reserve unaware of the potential danger.
The young men were fishing when the crocodile attacked them. One was dragged away by the crocodile while the other three managed to escape and return to the community to seek help.
CONANP has now been attempting to catch any crocodile over 3 meters in length. Once captured, they will perform a stomach wash to see if there are human remains, which could point to the attacker.
Once found, the crocodile will be moved from the swamp into a nature preservation area.
Most of these events are due to ignorance of people who go to unauthorized fishing grounds, according to CONANP, who recommend the public contact them first before venturing into unfamiliar areas. The agency can provide information on which areas are allowed and intended for casual activity by the public and where there are crocodiles that nest or transit through specific locations.
Authorities have said they will put up posters and will work to better educate those who visit the reserve.
CONANP reaffirmed its commitment to protect the public’s safety being and offered condolences in regards to the young man’s death.
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