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Authorities crack down on illegal bird hunting

Authorities are cracking down on illegal bird hunting in Chongming County and Nanhui area after dozens of nets and dead migratory birds were found this month.

More than 10 migratory birds, most of them green-winged teals, were found dead at the Dongtan area in Nanhui on Saturday.

Remains of pesticide pills were found close to the dead birds.

The wetlands in the area were reclaimed, thus hurting an ideal habitat for birds.

“An estimated 3,000-plus birds are trapped there as the area has almost dried up, leading to a severe shortage of food,” said Jiang Long, a volunteer.

These birds could not find any alternate areas for food, Jiang said.

Meanwhile, about 50 nets were dismantled in Chongming’s Hengsha area, while more than 70 nets used to hunt migratory birds were cut into pieces and five birds were saved by volunteers in a single day in the Chenjiazhen area of Chongming.

The city’s wildlife protection authority has stepped up patrols and added staff from this month which is usually the start of migration season.

Among the new regulations issued to tackle illegal bird hunting in the Chongming Dongtan National Nature Reserve, the reward for reporting illegal hunting has been raised from 800 yuan (US$131) to 1,500 yuan. So far, no one has called to alert the authorities.

Since January, more than 1,000 nets have been destroyed.

Most of those who set up the nets are either migrant workers or middle-aged or seniors from Chongming and Nanhui.

They put up the nets in the night and take them down early morning, making it difficult to catch them, officials said yesterday.



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