Stray dogs wreaking havoc with nesting turtles

The Department of Fisheries, concerned about stray dogs creating problems for nesting turtles along Vigie beach, is collaborating with the National Conservation Authority (NCA) and the Castries Constituency Council (CCC) to deal with the the situation.

Fisheries Assistant Yvonne Edwin told St Lucia Times that the Fisheries Department has been receiving a number of reports of stray dogs in Vigie interfering with nesting turtles.

Edwin explained that this is the peak nesting period for the creatures.

(Nesting turtle)

“We have gotten reports of baby turtles that are making their way back to sea being interfered with by those dogs – turtles coming up to nest, and also those dogs have been digging up some of the nests and exposing the eggs,” the Fisheries official told St Lucia Times.

She said the reports are a source of concern because interfering with the sea turtles can affect the population of the reptiles.

Edwin disclosed that the Fisheries Department has been reminding Vigie residents who own dogs to ensure that the dogs do not wander onto the beach area.

She stated that the Fisheries Department has received confirmation that the stray dog problem will be addressed ‘at the soonest.’

(Dogs on Vigie beach)

“Hopefully by next week the authorities – again we are in discussion, it is just a matter of finalising it and getting the problem addressed by removing the dogs in the area,” Edwin told St Lucia Times.

Asked who would remove the stray dogs, her response was that she could not reveal that now.

However the Fisheries official said the Fisheries Department is in contact with the NCA and the CCC.

“All three agencies are attempting to address the situation and the confirmation I have is that by next week we will be able to remove the animals from the area,” Edwin asserted.

Vendors opposite the George F.L Charles airport at Vigie  have long complained that stray dogs in the area have become a nuisance to them and visitors to the  Vigie beach area.

The vendors have said that the animals sometimes attack people.

The Saint Lucia Animal Protection Society (SLAPS), which has declared in that past that it wants to be part of any solution to the stray dog problem, has also stated that the  dogs cannot be blamed for hanging around because tourists feed them.

“Because it has a direct impact – because it is the fisheries resource that we protect and conserve, it became more important for us to deal with it now and collaborate with other agencies, but also the operators, the beach chair vendors, the food vendors in the area – the taxi drivers have all expressed growing concern because it is a frustrating thing that they have to deal with on a daily basis, Yvonne Edwin stated.

It is estimated that there  are about 10 stray dogs involved.

 

 

8 Comments

  1. 5.20.100
    August 11, 2017 at 3:53 pm

    Don’t let S.L.A.P.S. hear you…

  2. Lime Juice
    August 11, 2017 at 3:57 pm

    I took Canadians took them

  3. sharon terrell
    August 11, 2017 at 4:10 pm

    I thought these dogs had gone to canada.Now dogs have human owners,with two legs.I will not blame the dog’s because dog’s nature is to seek for food,somebody have to feed them,or they have to survive is all about survival on their own.The tourist feed them because every thing should eat,and they marga and all bones,so God bless the tourist.Every animal important not just turtle’s.Now as i will always say it is High time their have a Animal Control Department created in St.Lucia for animal neglect and abuse.When people get dogs these Dogs should be registered, owners should be licensed.That i can trace your dog back to you,then i will ticket your for animal abuse and neglect,maybe even imprison you.The same way you’ll throw you’ll kids out of you’ll house is the same way youll treat animals,no love in you’ll heart.Now the dogs hungry they have to eat turtles,because youll let them loose,and neglect them,so what youll expect.The throw away’s.Where St.lucia Dog Shelter,or dog pound.Canada adopt some Dogs which other country will adopt you’ll problem.St.lucia get you’ll act together the picture in colored not black and White,Okay.

  4. Anonymous
    August 11, 2017 at 5:21 pm

    don’t worry the chinese will deal with them soon

  5. Anonymous
    August 11, 2017 at 5:40 pm

    Are the dogs less important because they do nit contribute to revenue and the tourist dollar? Hold the owners responsible for neglecting their dogs! St. Lucia as whole – we have failed as a society the way we treat animals, including dogs that can be so loyal and protective. Shame on us for the way we even kick dogs and let them deteriorate. That says alot about us!

  6. Anonymous
    August 11, 2017 at 9:22 pm

    I have a soft spot for animals especially those domesticated ones that have to fend for themselves. I own a dog and I can state without fear of contradiction that dogs are truly man’s best friend. The article has offered no specific solution to the problem only complaints as if the dogs are solely to be blamed for their present predicament. I earnestly hope that a most humane solution would be had to deal with this problematic situation . Again, I implore the authorities to treat our canine counterparts with copious love and care.

    Vibz

  7. Julie Iley
    August 12, 2017 at 4:29 am

    I have 3 dogs (all rescued) they are my babies, my best friends and they look after not just me but my home too. This article has really upset me to think these poor dogs are being blamed for being abandoned.
    Why is there no shelter for the dogs on the island? Why are St Lucian’s allowed to treat these dogs so cruelly. It breaks my heart.

  8. carolcrissmassn
    August 12, 2017 at 9:45 am

    They must be protesting because they wee were not take to Canada too.😊😊😊
    They need to employ some security guards.
    Let them patrol the beach 24 7…. and they can chase the dogs away from the nests.
    Sad on both side’s. I love dogs and love St.Lucian sea life.

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