MALTA Rap­tors

BBC Wildlife Magazine - - ASIATIC CHEETAH -

For Malta’s con­ser­va­tion­ists, coun­ter­ing the il­le­gal killing of rap­tors and other birds has re­sulted in fre­quent con­fronta­tions with hunters. BirdLife Malta’s Nim­rod Mif­sud was taken to court in 2014 (while work­ing with Chris Pack­ham), but was sub­se­quently cleared of tres­pass­ing. Other BirdLife members were pros­e­cuted for il­le­gal possession of pro­tected species in 2015, but also cleared. “Rather than dan­ger­ous, let’s say it gets quite colour­ful here, from con­fronting gun-tot­ing in­di­vid­u­als to their at­tacks at an organisati­onal level in court,” says BirdLife’s Ni­cholas Bar­bara.

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