Dutch policeman kept illegal pets


This video is called Inside Wildlife Crime.

Translated from NOS TV in the Netherlands:

Illegal animals at police officer’s home

Friday Oct 17, 2014, 15:33 (Update: 17-10-14, 15:46)

At the home of a police officer more than sixty animals have been found. They were in unsuitable pens and cages. The man kept at his home in Schimmert in Limburg province inter alia tawny owls, a turtle, otters, exotic squirrels, rabbits and mice.

A veterinarian examined the animals in the house. Then they were seized and brought to shelters.

The police officer has not been arrested. There is however an internal investigation about him. He kept the animals in his own words as a hobby.

BirdLife Partners create a new European Network against Environmental Crimes: here.

Killer of boar piglets, saved from drowning, no longer a gamekeeper


This is a video from Limburg province in the Netherlands, about wild boar piglets which had landed in a canal.

Firefighters then saved them from drowning.

However, as soon as the animals were back on dry land, a gamekeeper killed them.

Limburg province authorities admit the gamekeeper acted illegally.

Translated from a Dutch police press release:

26-09-2014 | 16:21

Weert – Eight wild boars were taken by the fire brigade on Sunday, September 14th out of the South Willemsvaart canal. Five of them were found to be already dead. The three surviving animals were shot on the spot by a gamekeeper. This led to great public commotion.

Police have investigated this affair. This showed that the gamekeeper had not acted in full compliance with rules. He should have gone to the police first, according to the applicable rules.

Rules

Under these rules, animals may be killed if there is a threat to public order, to people or to animals. …

In response to all the fuss, the gamekeeper has handed in his Special Police credentials to the police. He will not act as such any more. The police have started an administrative procedure regarding the man’s weapon licence. The man will no longer work as a gamekeeper.

Firefighters save wild boar piglets from drowning, then gamekeeper kills them


This is a video from Limburg province in the Netherlands, about wild boar piglets which had landed in a canal.

Firefighters then saved them from drowning.

However, as soon as the animals were back on dry land, a gamekeeper killed them.

Limburg province authorities admit the gamekeeper acted illegally.

People in Limburg have started an Internet petition, demanding that the gamekeeper’s licence to hunt is canceled.

The petition (in English) is here.

Good wall lizard news


This video is about counting wall lizards along the railroad to Lanaken in Belgium, near Maastricht in Limburg province in the Netherlands.

Translated from the Dutch RAVON herpetologists:

Wednesday, September 17th, 2014

During the renovation of a railway line in Maastricht in 2008 the wall lizard was taken into account. For those lizards, very rare in the Netherlands then there more than 20 drystone walls were built. Since then, the population is closely monitored annually by RAVON. This monitoring showed until recently that there was a slow recovery. However, the reproductive success was lower than people hoped. But the counts of this late summer bring good news. This year, more newborn wall lizards are crawling around than ever before!

Protecting vulnerable populations

The wall lizard lives in the Netherlands originally only in Maastricht. Here live a few hundred to under a thousand animals. That may seem like a lot, but on the northern edge of its range, in an isolated habitat this species in our country is very vulnerable.

Firefighters save wild boar, gamekeeper shoots them


This video from France is called Wild boar (Sus scrofa).

Translated from Blik op Nieuws in the Netherlands:

14-09-2014 17:51

Party for the Animals asks parliamentary questions about shooting boar rescued from water

Rescued by firefighters from water, boar yet slain

It must have given mixed feelings to firefighters who managed to rescue wild boar from the water in Weert this Sunday morning at eight. A gamekeeper shot all the boar when they were on dry land.

Around 08:20 on Sunday the Weert fire brigade came out for initially 5 wild boar in the water. Once on the spot there turned out to be no less than eight wild boar.

The fire brigade, with the support of two boats, drove the animals to the wildlife staircase at the lock. Here people could get the animals out of the water safely. Some wild boars were already removed from the water. The firefighters also managed to get the other boar, threatened by drowning, on land.

Shot

Despite the efforts of the firefighters, the animals were then shot by a gamekeeper of the Forestry Department. This has everything to do with a zero tolerance policy of the government with respect to the living and residential areas of wild boar.

These living and residential areas are limited to the Hoge Veluwe and Meinweg area in Central Limburg. If wild boars are outside these areas, for any cause whatsoever, they must unfortunately be shot, according to the guidelines of the government.

Party for the Animals

The Party for the Animals this Sunday has asked parliamentary questions about the shooting of these wild boar. “Do you agree that animals in need of help should be experiencing other conditions than to be killed?” is one of the nine questions.

According to Limburg provincial authorities, even though the boar were outside of their ‘legal’ territories, the gamekeeper still acted illegally, as he shot the boar on a Sunday. See also here. And here.

Hundreds of mud-puddling Dutch butterflies


This is a map butterfly video.

Dutch entomologist Marlie Huskens described nature reserve De Meinweg in Limburg province, on last Tuesday, 2 September 2014.

To her surprise, she counted over 250 map butterflies. Most of them feeding on horse and roe deer manure. Others fed on hemp-agrimony flowers. Yet others were resting, or drinking from puddles.

Such big congregations of butterflies are called mud-puddling. It is unusual for the Netherlands.

Good red-backed shrike news


This is a video of a red-backed shrike (and whinchats) in Sweden.

Translated from the Dutch ARK conservationists:

Sunday, August 24, 2014

In the nature areas of ARK Natuurontwikkeling in Three Countries Park near Vaals village this year no less than five red-backed shrike couples nested, a substantial part of the Limburg province population. In 2011 the first pair was discovered and then we already expected that there would be more. Apparently the grazed rough nature is attractive for this rare bird. Development of the Nature Network Netherlands appears to deliver exceptional results here.

Red-backed shrike on Ameland island: here.