Poisoned baits close to the National Park of Dadia

30.09.2015

Last weekend, the Antipoison dog unit of WWF Greece in Dadia, was informed by hunters of the village Sidiro about poisoned baits and animals in the area.

After two days of searching, in collaboration with the Forestry Service of Didimoticho and the local hunters, 20 poisoned baits and 13 dead animals were detected: 7 foxes, 5 shepherd dogs and 1 hunting dog.

The poisoned baits were made of paraffin contained hydrogen cyanide and probably were used for a fox or wolf extermination. This illegal practice seems to be common before hunting season starts, in order to make a particular area fox free and help hunting dogs to work more efficiently. Moreover, just two months ago in the same area, there was a fatal wolf attack on hunting dogs, what it might be related. 

The use of hydrogen cyanide for foxes’ extermination by Forestry Services in Greece was legal till 1993. However some civilians still use it, ignoring the risks of poisoning not only some animals but also people. In addition, except the wildlife poisoning in this incident as in many others reported in the past, some livestock breeders have suffered due to a loss of their shepherd dogs what resulted in unprotected livestock.

Το decrease the poisoning incidents, it is important for everyone to contribute by immediately informing the Antipoison Dog Units when poisoned baits or animals are found. 

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

For the area of Dadia, Thrace:  +30 25540 32210 (24 hours)

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

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