Foreign poachers intercepted in Tataouine
28/01/2020 19:00, TUNIS/Tunisia

(TAP) - Officers of the Directorate-General of Forests in Tataouine intercepted, last weekend, poachers from Gulf countries. They were hunting bustards near the locality of “El Ouara” close to the Libyan borders.

Among the poachers are 4 Saudi nationals, a Qatari and a Tunisian citizen, a source of the regional agricultural development commission in Tataouine told TAP.

Minutes were drafted against the poachers and three falcons which were used to hunt the bustards were seized, the same source said.

Under the Tunisian law, hunting bustards off season is illegal, the same source said, adding that at least 18 minutes were drafted last year against Tunisian and foreign poachers for excessive hunting of bustards.

Bustards or "Houbaras" are large birds belonging to the Otididae family and are considered among the most vulnerable species. They are found in the South of Tunisia, particularly in Tataouine, Medenine, Kebili, Tozeur and Gabes.

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