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One hundred and forty-one poisoned baits and one hundred and eighteen poisoned animal carcasses were found in two months in the operational area of the Szent András Dombi hunting association in Tura at the end of the summer of 2021.
Evidence first appeared in the Autumn of 2020 in the case when police investigation was initiated according to wildlife camera recordings. It was suspected that protected bird of prey were targeted by animal cruelty in connection with misuse of legal traps)
On April 11th, the National Day of Nature Protection in Serbia was celebrated at several locations, while a poisoned Eastern Imperial Eagle, a bird from the national coat of arms, was found near Kikinda.
Between the 14-16th of January, 2022, BirdLife Hungary (MME) is organizing the 19th National Eagle Census in collaboration with national park directorates and other nature conservation NGOs, in order to monitor the wintering population of birds of prey species in Hungary.
The appellate court in České Budějovice confirmed the judgement for the bird poisoner, who killed two White-tailed eagles and two ravens near Mečichov in the Strakonice region in March 2019. The man was given suspended sentence - 2,5 years of imprisonment with a delay of 3,5 years.
The search for carcasses and poisoned baits has been under way with the help of civilians and national park employees, detection-dog units, and volunteers for four weeks now, however, the list is feared to be still incomplete.
More than a hundred poisoned baits and more than 50 poisoned animal carcasses have been found in the past few days in the jurisdiction of a hunting association near Tura, Hungary. 96% of the carcasses were protected birds. Investigation is ongoing.