The Wildlife Division of the Forestry Commission has announced a five (5) months closed season for the hunting of wild animals in the country.
The ban which came into effect on Saturday, August 1, will end on Tuesday December 1, 2020.
According to Executive Director of the Wildlife Division, Bernard Asamoah-Boateng, the closed season is implemented annually for the preservation of wild animals which within this period are expecting babies or may have just put to bed.
“This is the time science has shown that most of the animals are either pregnant or they have just delivered following their parents so if you kill the parents it means the young ones will die, if you kill the pregnant one, it means you’ve destroyed not one animal but probably it was carrying triplets,” he said.
The ban is in line with the wildlife convention regulations legislation Instrument (L.I) and failure to comply will attract sanctions listed under the law.
Mr Asamoah-Boateng however indicated that the only wild animal exempted from the closed season is the grasscutter which is very fertile and may produce too many if left alone for the period of the ban.
With this, he said, “what we have instituted is that the grasscutter can be killed but you need to obtain license from the wildlife division.”