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Clampdown on poachers at start of hunting season

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Police announced on Saturday that they had launched a campaign against poaching ahead of the beginning of the hunting season this Sunday.

According to the announcement, the police anti-poaching unit is active year-round, but at the beginning of each hunting season it conducts increased checks to detect poachers.

This year, until mid-October, the unit reported 63 poaching cases, it said, where hares, mouflon, wild bird traps and weapons were confiscated.

The campaign aims to “prevent and combat the phenomenon of poaching, especially of hares and mouflon, the trapping of wild birds with the use of nets and limesticks and enforcement of legislation across its whole spectrum – possession of weapons, restaurants, hunting areas, hunting permits, hunting dogs, etc”. Offices will be patrolling day and night, the announcement said.

On Friday, a 58-year-old man from Limassol was arrested after police located a number of dead and live hares and 62 dead wild birds in his house and farm.

The man was arrested after police, who had secured a search warrant, found in his house in a Limassol village, three dead hares and 62 wild birds in two freezers. Six live hares locked in cages and an iron trap were also found on a farm the 58-year-old owns.

He was charged and is to appear before the court at a later date.

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