The hunters’ federation (KEKK) in an official statement accused the Koutrafa community leader of making baseless claims which tarnish their name.
Responding to statements by community leader Frixos Georgiou, who allegedly had said that hunters abandon their dogs when they don’t want them, KEKK said that it was “unacceptable and frivolous to attribute such acts to hunters.”
Legislation obliges hunters to register their dogs on their hunting license, KEKK said, and, to be allowed on the hunt, dogs must be microchipped.
If the game service conducts a check and finds an untagged dog, the hunter is fined €200, the federation stated, adding that checks are also carried out while the dogs are in the hunters’ cars as well as during hunting activity itself, especially in semi-mountainous areas.
Most dogs now even wear a special GPS collar, the KEKK statement continued, so that their owners can track them when they get lost.
“The [stray] dogs came from the occupied areas adjacent to the dead zone,” KEKK stated.