Murder on the Marjal: Moonlight poachers kill rare birds
AN HORRIFIC sight of mutilated and dismembered rare birds scattered across the Pego Marjal has put authorities on the alert and conservationists are examining their remains in the hope of finding out who killed them.
At least six mallard ducks, moorhens and purple swamphens fell victim to poachers during the full moon and their heads, feet and wings were found abandoned in the wetlands.
It is thought the illegal hunters behind the killings took the meat for human consumption.
By shooting them, the poachers have committed a string of offences including hunting on weekdays, which is banned in the Marjal, and killing protected species.
If caught, the offenders could face hefty fines and even prison.
The association Agró Action Ecologists has reported the matter to the police, whilst the Marjal management is studying photos of the remains and the original body parts are being held at the Montgó nature reserve research centre in Dénia.