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Gang of poachers snared 17 rare gyrfalcons worth $310,000 before they were…snared 

By Olga Gertcyk
18 November 2016

Successful FSB and police operation sees birds of prey released into the wild before illegal export to Middle East.

They are highly-sought by falconry devotees in the Middle East. Picture: Inna Mamaeva

The dozen poachers had caught the Russian Red Book falcons in Kamchatka in what appeared a well-organised operation, alleged state investigators. 

Law enforcement agencies face a constant battle against illegal trapping and black market export of rare birds which are in high demand for falconry in Arab countries. 

'The criminal gang of 12 people, all of them citizens of Russia from different regions, was detained in a special shelter for poachers in the area of Yaavn Lagoon and Shlyupochnaya Bay in the Olyutorsky district of Kamchatka,' said Elena Matafonova, a senior aide to the head of the Investigative Committee in Kamchatka. 

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The criminal gang of 12 people, all of them citizens of Russia from different regions, was detained in a special shelter for poachers in the area of Yaavn Lagoon and Shlyupochnaya Bay in the Olyutorsky district of Kamchatka.' Pictures: Investigative Committee in Kamchatka. 

In all, 17 falcons had been caught and were being held by the gang, she said. They were 'returned to nature'.

The suspects were detained by officers from the local FSB security service and Interior Ministry police. They found 'numerous tools for catching birds, weapons and bullets, means of communications, and facilities for keeping already caught birds'.

There are fears of many birds being caught and illegally exported undetected. They are highly-sought by falconry devotees in the Middle East. 

Comments (2)

hope you also will report further. when they are being prosecuted and what the results of them being sentenced. hopefully not just a paltry cash sum. which they will pay out from their pocket money.
Benedikt, Moscow
21/11/2016 06:34
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Thankfully investigative committee hindered human recklessness in relation to nature.
Boris Pekarovic, Brezno/Slovakia/European Union
18/11/2016 22:59
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