During the last summer season, Enforcement Police of the Guardia Civil (SEPRONA) carried out an operation against the illegal trade and poaching of birds of prey in the Balearic Islands. The Enforcement Agents were assisted throughout the whole operation by CITES inspectors of the MA of Spain.
After the inspection of 21 premises, including registered breeding centers, 23 birds of prey were seized and placed in a rescue center, specimens are as follows:
– 11 peregrine falcons (Falco peregrinus brookei)
– 2 Bonelli Eagle (Hieraaetus fasciatus),
– 3 Golden Eagle (Aquila chrysaetos),
– 1 Goshawk (Accipiter gentilis),
– 4 Common kestrel (Falco tinnunculus),
– 2 Steller’s Sea Eagle (Haliaeetus pelagicus)
Apart from that, a velvet monkey Chlorocebus pygerythrus was also seized for lack of proof of legal origin, and a marihuana plantation for a penalty against public health was also spotted.
The total value of the 21 birds is around 82.000 euros. Eight people have been indicted for poaching, illegal trade of protected species and for official documentary falsification.
Bonelli eagle went extinct in the Balearic Islands in the 1970’s and there is an ongoing project for its recovery in the wild. The two seized Bonelli’s eagle have been included in the specific ongoing Life Project.
- Date of seizure: August 24, 2017
- Numbers of seized birds: 23
- Country: Spain
- Species: Bonelli Eagle (Hieraaetus fasciatus), Common kestrel (Falco tinnunculus), Golden Eagle (Aquila chrysaetos), Goshawk (Accipiter gentilis), Steller’s Sea Eagle (Haliaeetus pelagicus), peregrine falcons (Falco peregrinus brookei)