Birdlife Cyprus on Thursday congratulated the game and fauna service for catching two men illegally trapping wild birds in the village of Maroni after a stake out.
The anti-poaching squad also confiscated 156 recently dead birds. Members of the game service and the police began staking out the enclosed area on Monday night and caught the two men on Tuesday morning.
“Every year this specific enclosed area is used to trap a large number of wild birds but we found it very difficult to catch the poachers in the act as they always had lookouts to warn them if anyone from our services or the police were there,” Petros Anayiotos of the game services said.
This is why this stake-out was very well organised and planned, he added.
The two men were using calling devices to attract the wild birds during the night. Early in the morning they threw stones at the birds and made loud noises so they would start flying away. “It is at this stage that the birds are caught in the mist nets,” Anayiotos explained.
The police confiscated 13 large nets for trapping wild birds, 23 pipes, seven wooden stakes, three calling devices imitating the chirping of birds, and 156 recently dead wild birds.
Members of the Games and Fauna services also released 75 live wild birds from the nets.
During a search of a nearby property, two nets and four calling devices were found and confiscated.
“The two men were arrested and charged in writing. Now we are waiting for the court date for the outcome. If they are found guilty they could be fined up to €17, 000,” Anayiotos said. More....