Watch: Sharp increase in poaching as turtle dove migration kicks in – CABS

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On Monday officers of the Administrative Law Enforcement (ALE) were alerted by the Committee Against Bird Slaughter (CABS)  and managed to catch two hunters near Selmun, one of them with a freshly killed dove hidden in his clothing.

In a press statement CABS said that the two men, together with a minor and another hunter, had been previously filmed by CABS while they fired numerous shots at turtle doves and collecting at least one dead bird.

Both men are expected to be charged with hunting a protected species.

The Committee Against Bird Slaughter Directly said that before the incident in Mellieha the birdwatchers went to nearby Xemxija where members of the public reported shots coming from within the boundaries of the Simar Bird Sanctuary.

The police were alerted and the responding officers were shown the position of the poacher on Google Earth. Just like in the first case CABS has passed on all video evidence to the police.

CABS said that on Monday its volunteers searched a part of the Mizieb woodland, which is, according to signs set up in the area, managed by the hunter´s federation FKNK, and amongst numerous fresh cartridges an injured turtle dove with typical gunshot injuries was retrieved and later passed on to Birdlife Malta, said CABS.

Apart from these three cases, CABS teams have also witnessed attempts to shoot down turtle doves in Dwejra, San Martin and Wardija.

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