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The Civil Guard surprised a poacher in Abanilla in fraganti (24/02/2020)

The alleged perpetrator is credited with the crime related to the protection of flora, fauna and domestic animals

The Civil Guard of the Region of Murcia has developed the operation 'Los Baños', an investigation aimed at chasing poaching, which has resulted in the investigation of a hunter who was caught illegally capturing six fringilid birds.

The proceedings began on February 8 when, within the framework of the Order 'Red Dot' against the furtivism of wild species, the Civil Guard opened the operation to investigate alleged criminal acts related to the illegal capture of protected birds in Los Baños , municipality of Abanilla.

Members of the Nature Protection Service (SEPRONA) of the Benemérita established a monitoring device to verify and, where appropriate, clarify the alleged criminal activity.

In one of these services, the civil guards detected a person who was catching fringilid birds, using a book net, about five meters, with "Carduelis carduelis" goldfinches and a common "Carduelis canabina" gravy.

For these facts he was investigated and instructed as alleged perpetrator of a crime related to the protection of flora, fauna and domestic animals;

for its relationship with the capture and illegal possession of protected wildlife species.

When he was surprised, the now investigated had six protected birds, five goldfinches and a pardillo, which were seized and delivered to the El Valle Wildlife Recovery Center in Murcia, for sanitary exploration and adaptation to the environment, when they were caged and with their deteriorated plumage, resulting in the cutting of the wings and tails of these birds intended to prevent their flight and promote their captivity.

During the performance, the SEPRONA troops also seized all the effects used to carry out the illicit activity clarified, including a six-meter book network.

The crime related to the protection of the flora, fauna and domestic animals, included in the current Criminal Code, establishes that it will be punishable by imprisonment of six months to two years or a fine of eight to twenty four months and, in any case, special disqualification for profession or trade and special disqualification for the exercise of the right to hunt or fish for a period of two to four years who, in contravention of laws or other provisions of a general nature, hunt, fish, acquire, possess or destroy wildlife protected species wild.

The singing training of this type of birds is a traditional cultural practice in the Region of Murcia, although the fringilidae birds of this species cannot be captured at present, since they enjoy a special protection regime, relative to the conservation of the same, being in this time of the year in process of mating and breeding, reason why these practices of illegal hunting see their populations severely depleted.

The effects seized and the proceedings taken have been made available to the Court of Instruction of Cieza (Murcia).

Source: Ministerio del Interior

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