Four hunters were fined €500 each on Sunday for using machines which mimic the sounds of various birds, a forbidden hunting practice.
Members of the Game Fund who were out on patrol to combat poaching noticed a person with a gun in an area near Konia, Paphos, where hunting is allowed.
When they came closer, they heard bird sounds at a high volume, coming from a bird sound machine. They found the device next to the hunter, a resident of Limassol.
The man’s gun as well as the device were confiscated and he was fined €500 on the spot.
Another person, hunting in the same area, was found with two bird sound machines. The Game Fund officers seized them and the shotgun of the hunter. He was also ordered to pay €500.
In Timi, another village in the Paphos district, a 47-year-old resident of the Famagusta region who was operating a similar device, was caught and fined.
A fourth was using the banned device in Mandria, a village close by.
The 38-year-old man was fined the same amount and his motorbike and weapon were seized.