The SBA Police in the ESBA launched a string of raids in Pyla over the past week which dealt a devastating blow to the illegal bird trapping community.
During three early morning operations carried out on November 6, 7 and 10, the dedicated action team swooped on various locations and seized a huge amount of poaching-related items. In total, 57 mistnets were seized, alongside eight CD players, 28 loud speakers, 725 metres of cable, 17 car batteries, 196 iron poles, 90 concrete bases, 500 metres of carpet, 13 lime sticks and 30 concrete bases, which were destroyed on site.
Police officers on the scene also managed to release 184 wild birds, the majority of which were Thrushes, before they were killed and sold on the black market.
Speaking on Monday after the third raid in five days, Chief Inspector Mustafa Kemal said the seizures would have been felt by the bird trapping community.
He said: “As we have been doing throughout the migrating bird season, we have sent out another strong message to the bird trapping community that this will not be tolerated within the SBAs.
“Bird trapping is a highly-illegal activity and we will not let up in our pursuit to punish those participating in it.”
Over the past few months, arrests and seizures have been commonplace and Chief Inspector Kemal has said that his officers and the police force have worked tirelessly to catch trappers and the local community have also been a huge help.
“The SBA police has always made bird trapping a force priority and this year we have carried out more operations, seized more poaching-related materials than in previous years and we have made numerous high-profile arrests.
“Our work within the community has helped us achieve these results and the support we receive from those living within the SBAs has also proved highly valuable.
“We will continue with our efforts and those found bird trapping will be prosecuted to the full extent of the law.”