Thousands of hunters took to the countryside early on Sunday as hunting season began.
According to Charalambos Pittokopitis, President of the Paphos Federation of Hunting and Wildlife, they expected around 10,000 people to turn out across the district to hunt for partridges and hares.
These would include hunters from other areas where drought has hit the number of partridges, he said. he also said there was an increased number of pigeons in the Paphos district this year, which made the area more attractive to hunters.
Pittokopitis told CNA the larger number of pigeons was due to better game management.
The hunting of hares and partridges is allowed every Sunday and Wednesday from October 30 to December 21 and on Mondays until December 26.
Pittokopitis urged hunters to be cautious and to follow the rules – including respect for people’s property – and to bear in mind there would be extra game fund and police patrols to monitor poaching.
In accordance with the law hunting is prohibited within a 500-metre radius of residential areas, a 200-metre radius from individual homes in the countryside and a 300-metre radius of military installations.