A fine of € 21,586 was imposed on a person for a poaching in a village in the Larnaca district, the Game Fund warned on Thursday.
In a statement, the Game Fund called on all those who will start hunting on August 20, the start of the season, to observe all written and unwritten laws and show the necessary respect to fellow hunters and their environment.
As did the forestry department, the Fund also warned against the lighting of fires, and added appropriate behaviour due to the hot weather needs to be observed such as drinking a lot of water and dressing lightly.
Before they start hunting, people should make sure they know in which areas it is allowed and they are urged to immediately report any illegal activities.
The forestry department appealed to hunters to be extremely careful and not accidentally or carelessly start any fires.
The hunters are urged to refrain from lighting fires or throwing away cigarette butts and matches as the risk of causing and spreading forest fires is extremely high due to the weather conditions.
The department calls on anyone who sees smoke or a fire to immediately call 1407 or 112.
Hunting licences can be renewed through banks and the Internet.
The Game Fund explained that according to a recently amended law a hunter who is found without a valid licence if fined €2,000 plus the fee for hunting licences for the years which have not been paid, that is, if a hunter has not renewed a licence for four years the person needs to pay €2,000 plus four times €77, a total of €2,308.
Those who want to report unlawful behaviour can contact the following numbers: in Nicosia 99-445697, in the Limassol area 99-445728, for Larnaca / Famagusta 99-634325 and Paphos 99-445679 or the police at 1414.