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Tougher hunting penalties

PEOPLE who hunt wild animals in suburban Fengxian District may be sent to prison after the district government announced the whole area has been set aside as a reserve for wild animals.

It is the first time an entire district has been designated as a reserve for wild animals in Shanghai. Hunters will have their hunting tools confiscated and be fined. Those who are found killing more than 20 wild animals will face a criminal trial and time in jail.

Officials said patrols will be stepped up to ensure the new regulations are well implemented.

Fengxian has more than 240 terrestrial wild animal species, most of which are birds, authorities said.

"The species include birds listed on China's protected list like the oriental white stork, goshawk and Chinese egret," said Chu Kelong, director of the Fengxian Forestry Office. "Most of the other animals are conducive to maintaining an ecological balance or have value in research such as yellow weasels, hedgehogs and frogs."

People can call 6718-9220 or 6719-3591 if they have tips about illegal hunting in Fengxian.

Dongtan area in Pudong and Chongming County have also been set up as wild animal reserves.


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