Animal poisoning is illegal and immoral, the Game Service said on Friday after three Black-winged Kites (Milvus migrans) were found dead from poisoning in a farming area in the Larnaca district.
The three birds of prey were found last week near the village of Maroni. Close by, Game Fund officers found pieces of meat and animal entrails.
Birds of prey die from poison baits placed by farmers and others to kill foxes and wild dogs that attack livestock.
From the first moment, the Game Fund suspected the birds had been poisoned since they did not have external injuries while some of them still had meat on their beaks.
- Date of seizure: September 14, 2017
- Numbers of seized birds: 3
- Country: Cyprus
- Species: Black winged Kite (Milvus migrans)