Cancun, Q.R. – The Federal Environmental Protection Agency (Profepa) in combination with Environmental Mission Gendarmerie, have seized items ranging from wood to animals along several borders.
According to Profepa, the operation, South Border Operative 2017, has already this year seized wood, vehicles, flora, fauna and animals that were being illegally taken out of the country.
The seizures include nearly 2,500 cubic meters of tropical wood, 47 species of wildlife and numerous flora and fauna samples.
In the first five months, Profepa officials have been part of 106 operations. Of those, 35 were transportation filters, 39 were field trips, 23 were irregular storage operation inspections, five onsite inspections and four inspections of wildlife conservations units.
Of these inspections, more than 2,400 cubic meters of protected topical wood types as well as 47 species of wildlife were rescued including live parrots and turtles as well as animal skins, antlers and 28 kilos of animal by-products from deer, crocodiles, armadillos and wild boar.
Profepa focuses on the natural protected areas in the jurisdictions of Campeche, Chiapas, Tabasco, Yucatan and Quintana Roo, seizing illegal items that they say are often bound for the Asian markets.
South Border Operative has been created to address illegal logging, poaching and trafficking of Mexican wildlife as well as attempting to help combat the illegal international trade of wild animals.