Nineteen reports of illegal hunting of protected birds have been made to the police since 15 September, including eight reports in Gozo.
The information was provided by Home Affairs Minister Manwel Mallia in reply to a parliamentary question by Charlò Bonnici.
In twelve of the 19 cases, the reports could not be corroborated as no shot birds were found.
The other eight cases, on the other hand, involved the shooting of a black stork and another unspecified species of stork, two honey buzzards, a peregrine falcon, two marsh harriers, a Cory’s shearwater and two night herons.
In reply to another parliamentary question on the same topic by Mr Bonnici, Environment Minister Leo Brincat answered that there was no document to back BirdLife Malta’s allegation that 70% of hunted protected birds were shot at during the afternoon hours which were covered by a curfew last year.
He added that he felt it was more appropriate to point out that government doubled enforcement efforts as far as hunting was concerned during the peak hunting season, and that this led to a strong reduction in reports of illegal hunting between 15 September and 7 October when compared to 2012.