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Nichupté lagoon crocodiles becoming big problem

Cancun, Q.R. — The crocodiles of Nichupté lagoon are becoming a problem for area businesses and residents, said Gonzalo Merediz Alonso, executive director of Friends of Sian Ka’an.

He says that the animals have been leaving lagoon waters and entering hotel and restaurant areas including the greenspace at Isla Dorada condominiums. It is for this reason, Merediz Alonso says, the crocodiles need to be removed from the lagoon and to a closure, however, resources to carry out this project are in question.

“The hoteliers and restaurateurs do not want to finance the project of a problem that they generated years ago, adapting the crocodiles to eat what they threw into the lagoon,” he noted.

According to research studies completed in the Nichupté lagoon, the highest concentration of crocodiles are found where there is the greatest amount of human activity. Their last study showed 120 crocodiles living in the lagoon, a number they say has grown substantially over the years.