Simple Life But Strong Ambition
Close Me!

More than 850 species birds of Europe

All birds of Europe in one place

  • Learn more about birds

    Learn more about birds

    Detailed information about birds of Europe

  • More than 850 species birds of Europe

    More than 850 species birds of Europe

    All birds of Europe in one place

  • Thousands of photos and videos of birds

    Thousands of photos and videos of birds

    A huge number of photos and videos of the birds that are increasing

  • Find birds by country

    Find birds by country

    Find in which country which birds are found

News

All about the work and the achievements of the anti-poison dog units in Greece
03.02.2016

All about the work and the achievements of the anti-poison dog units in Greece

The poisoned baits are considered the main threat and cause of death of Egyptian vulture. In the frame of the project, in March 2014 in Central Greece and Thrace two anti-poison dog units were created.

Their goal is a control and timely removal from the countryside poison baits and animals that might cause additional poisoning.  The Anti-poison dog units patrolled the countryside, in areas regularly used by Egyptian vultures and other two vulture species, the griffon and black vulture. Priority was given to patrols in areas where poison events had been recorded in the recent past or new incidents had been notified by forestry service, management bodies of national parks and citizens.

In 2014, 53 patrols in Central Greece and 35 in Thrace were conducted, spread over 78 days. In total, in 19 patrols 26 dead animals were found and identified as poisoned.  The most commonly poisoned species was the dog (hunting or/and shepherd dog) with 21 fatalities (80% of total findings) followed by the fox with 4 fatalities (15% of total findings). In some events, the poison baits were detected, which in most cases was a piece of meat with poison.

The main drivers for the use of poison baits were: predator extermination, stray dog population control and human conflicts between shepherds or/and hunters. Toxicological analysis revealed three pesticide’s active substances: Endosulfan, Carbofuran (both banned in Greece) and Methomyl.

The anti-poison dog units proved to be an innovative and effective preventive action that also proves the extent of illegal use of poison baits. Many scavengers, including Egyptian vultures, were potentially saved from a certain death.

Find the annual report: “Poison bait detection with specially trained dogs in Thrace and Central Greece” here.

http://www.lifeneophron.eu/

Ideas from nature - shirts, mugs, gifts
Adverts
Birdwatching and Wildlife Photography Tours in BULGARIA. Cottage to rent