Wader trapper caught by Police, Honey Buzzard shot down – CABS
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A CABS team, at around 5am this morning, located an active wader trapping site near Zurrieq, which they said, was equipped with an electronic decoy for Oystercatchers and Redshanks – both protected species.
CABS then called the ALE who arrived within minutes and managed to catch the trapper red-handed.
The bird caller and two large clap nets were confiscated and according to CABS the poacher is a repeat offender and will be taken to court soon.
Also this morning, another group from CABS filmed a protected Honey Buzzard being shot down near Hal-Far at 7:30am.
Police arrived on the scene within 18 minutes and searched the area. CABS said that, despite the quick response time neither the poacher nor the dead bird could be retrieved.
A video has been uploaded on the CABS Facebook page, which shows the bird flying low and then suddenly crumbling up as it is hit, and crashing to ground.
Photograph by CABS