Stop quails poaching
Although officially the quail hunting season just started, during the monitoring of hunting activities carried out by our organization (Ornithological Society “Our Birds”, Society for Research and Protection of Biodiversity and Center for Environment) in the wider area of Bosnia and Herzegovina, there were numerous examples of use of decoys. Especially intensive use of decoys in Lijevče polje, Posavina, Semberija, and in karst fields between Trebinje and Bosanski Petrovac.
I hereby refer the request to the competent ministries, inspectors and responsible hunting federations and associations to comply with the prescribed obligations to prevent quails poaching using decoys and other legally impermissible resources. We also call upon all other individuals and organizations that, in the case of quail poaching, finding or detecting unauthorized hunting equipment, such as bird catchers, electronic decoys, etc., the same actions immediately reported to the inspections or our associations.
Quail (Coturnix coturnix) is a species of the order of wild hen nesting on the Western Palearctic from England and Spain in the west to Lake Baikal in Russia in the east, including a narrow zone in the northwest of Africa. According to data from BirdLife International European quail population in the last 40 years has decreased by more than 50%. Due to this situation, this species is protected in most European countries such as Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Germany, Estonia, Ireland, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Hungary, Netherlands, Poland, Slovenia, Slovakia, Finland, Sweden and the United Kingdom.
According to the latest research it is estimated that in Bosnia and Herzegovina nests between 5 000 and 10 000 quail pairs. With constant pressure in the form of bad management practices and intensive habitat destruction, poor legislation, lack of on-site inspections and the use of unauthorized hunting equipment, led to the fact that our parent population is every day more and more endangered.
Since the law poorly regulates hunting season of this species, which lasts from August 1 and runs until September 30, when the nesting season is not yet fully completed, it is a big shock for our quail parent population. On the other hand, the mass use of electronic decoys, which legally is not allowed, attracts a large number of individuals who become easy targets. Such indiscriminate and excessive killing could lead to a position that the abundance of this species in coming years is reduced to such an extent that it will be necessary to introduce strict measures.
Please note that poaching is one of the biggest pressures on the birds, because in addition to uncontrolled reduction in the number of individual species, simultaneously resulting in the suffering of other non-hunting species, including many endangered and legally protected species.
In the coming period, our organization through campaigns and other public appearances will continue to fight against poaching in Bosnia and Herzegovina.