Poison bait attack at the University Forest of Pertouli

07.04.2015

A total of 23 poison baits were found this weekend at the University Forest of Pertouli. This terrible but unfortunately common crime in Greece resulted in the death of two dogs and a fox.

It all started on the 19th of March, when residents of the area on a walk lost their two dogs to poison baits. Next day, the Hellenic Ornithological Society (HOS) in collaboration with the Forestry Service of Pertouli surveyed the area with the help of the Antipoison Dog Unit, created in the framework of the LIFE+ Project “The Return of the Neophron”.

Three different types of poison baits were found during the survey: two baits made of paraffin contained hydrogen cyanide, while the other two types were made from pieces of sausages and raw meat and smelled strongly of pesticide. The Forestry Service of Pertouli has started a criminal investigation and has filed an official complaint to the Prosecutor.
 
The illegal use of poison baits is a major conservation problem, but it is also a threat to public health, and can be particularly dangerous for children. IN addition, on many occasions, poison baits are made from pesticides banned from use in Greece, such as Endosulfan, which was found in poison baits used in the areas of Kalampaka and Thrace.

Regarding wildlife, and in particular raptors, poison baits are one of the main threats for their survival in Greece. A classic example is that of the Egyptian vulture, a common species not so many years ago but currently on the verge of extinction with less than 15 pairs left in the country.

The wider area of Kalampaka, that used to hold the largest concentration of the species, still holds a small number of breeding pairs. For this reason, HOS is organizing from the 31st of March till the 3 of April a series of seminars and events for the general public and local public authorities about the problem of poison baits.

Call the Antipoison Dog Unit immediately if you find poison baits or poisoned animals:

For the area of Trikala, Grevena, Ioannina, Karditsa:
tel. +30 210 8227937 & +30 210 8228704 (everyday 9:00-17:00) and +306947 610763 (24 hours)

For the area of Dadia - Thrace: +3025540 32210

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