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Worrying poaching trends

Worrying poaching trends

11.03.2011

Worrying poaching trends have been recorded by the team of the Widlife Rescue Centre. For the past three months we have accepted four Common Buzzards (Buteo buteo), a Sparrow Hawk (Accipiter nisus) and a Crow (Corvus cornix) all shot.

It is important to note here that these are all cases of proven pellets in the body, visible on the X-rays. We often cannot be so sure as pellets can also go through the body of the victim and come out. The wounds of the patients can however clearly prove the reason – illegal shooting.

In addition to that, within the same period we accommodated 18 Mallards (Anas platyrhynchos) and 2 White-fronted Geese (Anser albifrons), confiscated while used as live lures during a hunting session.

Since its establishment the Centre has been accommodating wild animals which have become victims of human cruelty. Among the most striking cases are a Buzzard with over 70 pellets found in the body, an Osprey with 18 pellets, one of which stuck at the edge of the heart, a Short-toed Eagle with over 20 pellets. Species such as White-tailed Eagle, Imperial Eagle, Dalmatian Pelican, Mute Swan, Buzzards, Long-eared Owls, and others also complement the list of animals shot. Gruio the White Pelican, who has turned into the Center’s favourite is himself a victim of poachers and therefore presently misses a wing.

We, here in the Centre, believe that children are our future and therefore we have prepared a set of educational materials and information signboards against poaching within the “Green ideas for green actions – promotion, establishment and development of an emblematic model for sustainable use of natural resources” project, funded by the Small Grants Programme of the Global Environmental Fund. We are going to place them at a visible spot in the Centre, hoping to recruit on the side of nature conservation the more than 3000 children who visit the Centre per year.

Hristina Klisurova

Email: hhristova@greenbalkans.org

Phone: +359 886570053