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Second Dalmatian pelican falls victim to illegal hunting in the Evros Delta Print E-mail

21th January 2015:Second Dalmatian pelican falls victim to illegal hunting in the Evros Delta

An adult Dalmatian pelican (Pelecanus crispus) was found dead last week on an islet near the mouth of the Evros River. It is a globally endangered species, a waterbird of international importance for which Greece bears a great responsibility, as it hosts more than 25% of the world population.

As part of a telemetry project that the Society for the Protection of Prespa has been working on since 2012, the pelican had a transmitter fitted on his back, through which his movements had been monitored over the last few months. He was fitted with the transmitter at Lesser Prespa Lake last summer and was named Achilleios. After visiting various wetlands in northern Greece, Achilleios chose the Evros Delta in which to overwinter, like many others of his kind.

As his movements had recently come to a complete standstill, employees from the Evros Delta Management Body went by boat to the islet from which the last data was received to investigate; there they found the dead pelican and took him to a veterinary surgeon in Alexandroupolis.

X-rays showed dozens of pieces of lead shot in his chest and left wing, an indication that Achilleios was targeted by illegal hunters.

The seriousness of the incident is compounded by the fact that at the same time last year another Dalmatian pelican fitted with a transmitter was shot in the same area. The Evros Delta Management Body and the SPP once again condemn the illegal hunting of wildlife and call on all citizens to contribute to preventing any deterioration in the protection of this species.

For more information:
Eleni Makrigianni, Evros Delta Management Body, 2551061000

Dimitra Paschalidou (Communications Officer), Society for the Protection of Prespa, 2385051211

Photo captions: Achilleios on the day his transmitter was fitted, Lesser Prespa, June 2014 / Chest X-ray showing dozens of pieces of lead shot in his body.


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