THE game and fauna fund has released into the wild 58 hares that were bred illegally and were intended to be sold to hunters, the service’s spokesman Petros Anayiotos said yesterday.
The hares, along with five wood pigeons, were found on Tuesday during a search in an establishment in Menoyia, near Larnaca, owned by a 40-year-old man.
The game and fauna fund, in cooperation with the police, issued a search warrant for the establishment after word got out that the man was selling living hares at €120 each to hunters, Anayiotos told the Cyprus Mail.
At the establishment, 58 hares were found and five wood pigeons, which were confiscated.
“We have released the hares and the wood pigeons to the wild,” Anayiotos said.
He added that it is illegal to possess or breed any kind of wildlife species.
The hares, reports said, were intended to be sold to hunters who would release them the first day of the hare-hunting season, which is next Sunday, and shoot them.
The owner of the establishment was arrested, charged in writing and released. He is to appear before court at a later stage.