Indaraj Mahabir, 50, and his son Kimraj have appeared before Chaguanas Magistrate Christine Charles charged with poaching the Scarlet Ibis.
The men were not called upon to plead when they appeared Monday afternoon as the charges were laid indictably. The magistrate eventually granted them bail in the sum of $90,000 each. Charles also warned them not to enter the Caroni Bird Sanctuary.
Two poachers were held and charged by game wardens Sunday for having five carcasses of one of T&T’s protected national birds, the Scarlet Ibis.
If charged, the men will face a hefty fine of $.5 million each and two years’ imprisonment.
The poachers were said to have been at the Caroni Bird Sanctuary Sunday morning when they were stopped and searched by the game wardens.
Three men who said they found the carcass of a dead bird, with brown and grey feathers, not knowing it was Scarlet Ibis, this country's national bird, were spared a jail sentence after they pleaded guilty to the crime.
Minister of Planning and Development Camille Robinson-Regis has announced that the government has officially designated the Scarlet Ibis as an Environmentally Sensitive Species (ESS).
The Ministry of Planning and Development has responsibility for the environment.