In order to help restore threatened wildlife populations, the Game Fund calls hunters to stop killing species like hares that have marked a significant decrease this year.
The Game Fund called for a need to cultivate a hunting consciousness.
This translates into respecting areas where hunting is prohibited, combating all forms of poaching as well as maintaining the maximum number of game per hunter per time.
The Game Fund stated that this year the number of partridges has slightly increased compared to the same period last year, which was a relatively good year for the species.
The hare populations marked a slight decrease in relation to the same period last year.
A decrease in hares is considered to be due to a disease in the period between January and April, which killed off pregnant hares.
It is also due to the fact that hares are subject to illegal hunting activity such as poaching, hunting dog training in prohibited areas, and the increase in legal hunting of hares that has been noted in the last few years.
Francolin bird populations have also declined by approximately 15%, while pigeons have marked a 30% increase.
Foxes have increased by 17% in relation to the same period last year and the authorities argued that something needs to be done to control the population explosion.
“The number of foxes has increased this year, and the fox population number is the largest recorded to date, something which should be examined by those involved in the management of the species,” said the Game Fund.
The increase or decrease registered in game populations also implies a reduction or increase in yield during the upcoming hunting period, which should not be expected in the same quantity, it added.
There is a disproportionate activity during the hunting season when thousands of Cypriots are keen to go shooting on the first day.
Thus the percentage of around 20% to 25% of the total of animals killed during the entire hunting season, are killed on the first day of the hunting season, Game Fund data suggests.