A Maltese poacher allegedly exposed himself before trying to run over bird activists in full view of a police officer.
The Committee Against Bird Slaughter (CABS), an international bird NGO, made this stunning claim after publishing a video on its Facebook page of abuses in Malta’s trapping season.
The video has already been viewed over 1.4k times within the hour of it being uploaded.
Over the last 10 days, CABS’ team members have uncovered the widespread illegal trapping of protected songbirds along the coasts of Malta and Gozo.
18 cases in total have been reported to the police who have already confiscated 15 sets of clap ents and an approximate 50 live birds. Five trappers have been caught red-handed and are currently being overseen by police with another 13 poachers fleeing the scene when police arrived.
CABS have said that they are optimistic as to whether or not the culprits will be identified, although 15 nets have been seized by the police in another three incidents the nets had been removed by the trappers before escaping.
Live bird decoys were only seized when one trapper had abandoned them, otherwise if they had no visible ring.
The Wild Bird Regulation Unit was unable to examine the scenes or conduct proper and thorough checks of those who were ringed.
An additional 20 finch trapping sites have been confirmed as recently active, however, after both an aerial survey and field investigations were reported to the police who are currently investigating.