March 1 According to the report of the Greek European Union News Agency quoted by the European Union on the European Network, the illegal hunting problem in northern Greece has been renewed attention because many flamingos in northern Greece were poisoned lead bombs left by illegal hunting.
According to reports, the Greek non-profit organization Wildlife Action Group said that it received two reports of flamingo poisoning in late January and found lead bombs in their bodies.
According to the organization, the incident occurred in the lagoon of Agios Mamas, a nature reserve in Harkidiki and the only breeding ground for flamingos in Greece.
An autopsy of the dead flamingos showed that they were not hit by lead bombs, but swallowed food containing lead bombs.
It is speculated that it may be that hunters shot other animals with lead bullets, and the projectiles were scattered around.
When flamingos prey on other birds hit by lead bombs, lead, a heavy metal, enters their bodies with food.
The Wildlife Action Group said that 26 flamingos have died so far from accidental consumption of lead bombs, but they estimate that there may be more flamingos killed in the Agios Mamas lagoon area.
The organization warned that the continuous poisoning incidents had posed a major threat to the survival of flamingos in Greece.
In fact, as early as 2013, the Greek government banned the use of lead bombs in wetlands.
However, Greek hunters still often use this bullet in hunting. Even during the recent national blockade and ban on hunting, illegal hunting near nature reserves still occurs from time to time.
Flamingo is a large waterfowl, famous for its beautiful colors and elegant posture.
Flamingos are widely distributed in Africa, South Asia (Pakistan and India) and southern Europe (Greece, Spain, Portugal).
Flamingos can live to 40 years old in the wild, but are now greatly threatened by human activities, especially pollution and chemical emissions that have eroded their natural habitats.