HOS’ Antipoison Dog Unit visits Epirus!

09.03.2016

On the 3rd and 4th of March, HOS Antipoison Dog Unit visited Epirus in order to carry out several patrols in areas where poison events had taken place recently.

On the 3rd of March, in collaboration with the Management Authority of Pindos National Park, the team searched an area where several wolves had been found poisoned in the past. Next day, the area of Konitsa, where several shepherd dogs had been poisoned with Methomyl last August, was patrolled too. This area is key for the conservation of the Egyptian vulture, as it is frequently used as foraging grounds by a pair breeding in the neighbouring Albania. One of the members of this pair, Aoos, is in fact closely followed by the project team thanks to the satellite transmitter placed on his back last spring by HOS field team. Aoos is still wintering in Chad, but the project team expects it any day now for him to start his trip back to the Balkans. Fortunately, neither poison baits nor poisoned animals were found in any of the patrols carried out!

During the upcoming Egyptian vulture’s breeding season, HOS’ Antipoison Dog Unit will regularly visit and patrol the area in order to guarantee the safety of Aoos and its mate!

Back
Useful information
One more Egyptian Vultures family can be watched online

One more Egyptian Vultures family can be watched online

New scientific paper for the first documented case of the killing of an Egyptian Vulture for belief-based practices in Western Africa

New scientific paper for the first documented case of the killing of an Egyptian Vulture for belief-based practices in Western Africa