Joint patrols of CABS, the Gozo police and WBRU enforcement officers dismantled 19 illegal bird trapping installations on Gozo over the weekend.

The raid which targeted illegal trapping sites found by CABS volunteers during the last week resulted in investigations against eight owners on whose land the active traps and nets were found.

In the course of the operations, 10 freshly caught Turtle Doves, eight Starlings, two Quails, one Hawfinch and one Greenfinch were confiscated and subsequently released.

In Marsalforn a trapper was caught red-handed and is expected to be taken to court soon. Police and WBRU announced that they will investigate the owners of the land where the other traps have been found.

CABS press officer Axel Hirschfeld said that in the last two years CABS alone reported more than 30 cases involving more than 500 caged Turtle Doves which were either illegally caught or used as live decoys.

Photos: CABS

Photos: CABS

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