You submit a CNDDB form and you are done. Now that they are no longer an SSC one should be able to collect a voucher specimen, or at the very least photo document the animal. Anyone with a captive specimen can create a hoax though...and it would be hard/impossible to refute.
Good points. This is a tough situation for "one guys says", it brings several others to mind. Every additional person you added to an actual encounter event would make for a much harder conspiracy to maintain - additional witnesses would add a lot of credibility to what would be, in all brutal candor, a seriously doubted claim
. Even if it was true. A crew might even want to have some kind of internal security protocol - before leaving the trucks empty your gear together to verify "no contraband", and once in-country, operate in 2-man teams so nobody has any solo time to unbag a previously-planted specimen. Just sayin'.
I would be interested in such a trip, if you all like. What would you consider prime weather? Or backing up a bit - the prime season? Seems like either spring (April-May) or shortly post-hatching (Aug-Sept), but the latter would be pretty brutal on the human body (particularly if we discovered the extreme drought has left no surface water available
for pumping...that would be a vastly better thing to discover with DTHs in the 80's than in the 110's). And, despite being hypothetically better due to more animals (if any
...) available for detection, hatchling season might not offer great visual-searching conditions if the animals are all hidden. (I assume every palm frond and smallish rock in sight would be flipped, but...is that even a worthwhile survey method for this animal???) Alternatively, I guess one could just hope to mount a short-notice mission during or right after any lucky monsoon dumps that area received. But that's a tough thing to plan on. And, I personally haven't had consistent good success herping after flash floods. Sometimes yeah, sometimes...big skunk.
What do you 3 guys think?
FWIW - I really don't think they are north of the border. But I'd be willing to put in some time looking. I like that country, I like a challenge, and I don't think much back-country effort has been put in. And hell, the bycatch alone would be a blast.