Dana Biosphere Reserve Manager Amer Al-Rfou on Sunday asked hunters to stop hunting birds in the areas neighboring the reserve, as currently it is mating season and it is important to taking measures to conserve endangered birds, according to Al-Mamlaka TV.
Rfou said in a press release that inspection campaigns have been intensified inside the reserve to ensure there are no violations by hunters who are not bound by the decision to stop hunting, but if there are, immediate legal action is taken against them. He added that the most affected by hunting are partridges and the chukars, whose numbers are gradually declining.
Over the past years, violators were prosecuted, he said, adding that hunters resort to all sorts of practices to kill birds, such as the use of nets and devices whose sounds attract birds, methods that are prohibited by the laws concerned with the protection of nature.
Rfou urged hunters to comply with decisions and instructions that prohibit hunting, and said that several meetings have been held with local community and hunters to familiarize them with the environment- management plans and the periods when hunting is allowed, to protect endangered animals and birds, and to exchange views and opinions, and address their demands.
Dana Reserve has a unique ecological diversity, with over than 833 species of plants, 38 species of mammals and 215 species of birds.
The Agriculture and Environment Acts contain provisions that prohibit hunting within the boundaries of the reserve, in order to protect wildlife, and restore bird flocks by helping them rebreed.
Source: Jordan News