Jaguar shot dead after spotted in New Amsterdam yard

According to reports, the wild animal was spotted moving between bushes in the back yard and a license firearm holder was summoned to the scene as residents feared for their lives.

Jaguar shot dead after spotted in New Amsterdam yard

An adult jaguar was shot dead early this morning after it was spotted in a back yard in the Berbice town of New Amsterdam.

According to reports, the wild animal was spotted moving between bushes in the back yard and a license firearm holder was summoned to the scene as residents feared for their lives.

As the animal emerged, the firearm holder shot it a number of times and eventually it collapsed and died. While some residents expressed gratitude to the licensed firearm holder, others said there should have been a move to preserve the animal’s life. ┬áBut most of the persons who gathered at the scene in Nicolay Street, New Amsterdam said the right call was made to kill the animal before it attacked anyone.

One woman told News Source that there are a number of children who live in the area and the jaguar could have attacked them.

She said “that’s a wild cat, its attack or be attacked and they don’t come out of the wild to these areas to come visit. They come looking for food, so it was either we allow ourselves to be made into a dish or attack and kill it. I agree with the firearm holder. This ain’t the jungle”.

Wild animals like the jaguar are usually spotted in the interior districts and in jungle like areas. They are seldom spotted in busy areas.

There have been cases in the past where they would attack farms and kill cows or livestock for consumption.

The Jaguar is Guyana’s national animal.

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