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Bid to protect migratory raptors

LOCAL wildlife protection authorities are stepping up efforts to crack down on illegal hunting and trade of raptors as the migratory birds begin arriving in the city, the Shanghai Wildlife Conservation Station said yesterday.

The wildlife preservation station in Pudong New Area has destroyed 35 nets deployed to capture migrating raptors and freed 11 raptors after a raid on Caolu and Lingang areas, while officials in suburban Jinshan District have confiscated eight nets in Langxia area since the beginning of this month.

Among the raptors observed by the station are accipiter gularis, northern hobby, kestrel and osprey.

Raptors are listed as China's first-class protected species, thus are a major target of illegal trade. Wildlife protection authorities said they would beef up patrolling and inspection to ensure these raptors fly through the city safely.


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