Picture of hunt longhorn sets social media on fire, it might have occured in Baja Sur, not in Tecate

ALFREDO AZCARATE VARELA
THE BAJA POST/EDITOR

On President Day weekend, there were pictures of a man, Nick Saner, showing off the head of a longhorn ram (Ovis Canadensis Cremnobates) he had just killed, hunting this species is forbidden in Baja California, rumors spread that this happened in Tecate but it seems it was just a rumor, but according to the secretary of Sustainable Development, Tourism and Environment, Mario Escobedo, this happened in Baja California Sur (where hunting these animals is permitted) so he promised to investigate the matter anyhow, but it is the Federal Environment Attorney (PROFEPA) the official organism that takes care of this.

Mr. Escobedo filed a complaint in PROFEPA, number SEST/SDS/DRN/ENS/0102/2020, against whoever turns out to be responsible, because Saner would be in violation of Articles 420, 122 and 127 of the Federal Penal Code, which says there is a 5 to 6 years imprisonment sentence and two thousand days of minimum wage fine, and there is a protection policy for the longhorn ram and the only allowed hunting is the “photographic” kind with professional expert guides. Said José Carmelo Zavala Álvarez, undersecretary of Sustainable Development.

He also informed that, as part of the longhorn ram conservation task, there was an aerial  count, done from November 11 to 13, together with the San Diego Zoo, to get to know the longhorn ram population  in mountain ranges to the north of Baja California: “We flew 5 areas, one hour and 40 minutes of effective flight each one, counting 23 longhorns in Cucapah Mountain Range; 33 in the north and central parts of Ejido Molina Mountain Range; 8 in Las Pintas mountains; 44 in Las Tinajas and 4 in the north and central areas of Ejido Cordillera, adding up to 112 longhorn rams counted.   

Zavala said that it was only a field sample and it is not representative of the factual total population of these animals in Baja California, as of right now the main goal is to have specific actions and measures to better understand what were the factors that led the ram populations to dwindle and/or deter their habitat and accomplish what has been stated in the State Strategy for the Conservation and Sustainable Handling of the Longhorn Ram, said Zavala.

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