Wildlife group fears massacre of swans

Over 20 migrating swans shot down recently over Greece on their way south are being treated at the hospital for wild animals and birds (EKPAZ) on the island of Aegina, EKPAZ’s director on Aegina Filippos Dragoumis told Kathimerini yesterday. The swans arriving in Greece usually live in large cities and are used to the presence of humans. That is probably why they are such easy targets, said Dragoumis, who predicted that the number of wounded swans could well increase drastically over the next few weeks. Dragoumis said he feared a repeat of what happened in 1993, when around 500 swans were killed and another 120 treated for injuries. EKPAZ is appealing to regional governors to order forestry services and other related authorities to step up patrols, and to hunting associations to warn their members. The Atalanti forestry service has already arrested a poacher on charges of shooting a swan.

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