During anti-poaching operations in the town of Capoterra, the Arm of the Carabinieri of Cagliari Provincial Headquarters and Capoterra Station Command, in cooperation with the volunteers of LIPU (Italian League for Bird Protection) proceeded to make an arrest and denounce 17 bird poachers. During the operations, 9.000 bird traps, 20 illegal bird nets and several snares for boar, deer and wild cat, were removed. In addition thousands of snares and dozens of deep-frozen birds were seized during the house searches.
300,000 birds killed annually
Bird poaching carried out with traps and nets within the areas of southern Sardinia (Sarrabus and Sulcis) causes serious damage to wintering and migratory avifauna. The number of birds caught and killed annually is estimated in 300.000.
The birds are destined for illegal trade, through retail sale to restaurants, agriturismi, butcher shops and private individuals, a trade probably worth several millions of Euros.
Wild cats targeted as competition
Bird poaching causes even more serious damage to the local biodiversity when Sardinian subspecies or protected species of avifauna are caught. Predator mammals are often targeted as well as they are considered competition to poachers. For example the Sardinian wild cat, which is distinct from the other wild cats in the rest of Italy, is in danger of becoming extinct due to indiscriminate and uncontrolled poaching. More....