The Regional Director for the Environment, Hernâni Jorge, revealed today, outside the action of returning to the natural environment of the kite bird (Buteo buteo rothschildi), at Quinta de São Lourenço, which, since the beginning of the implementation of the network in the Archipelago, the Wild Bird Rehabilitation Centers (CERAS-Açores) have already received a total of 945 individuals, of different species.

The reintroduction of the bird of prey in the wild took place after a period of treatment at the Wild Birds Rehabilitation Center of Pico, which allowed it to recover from the injuries on one of the legs, resulting from captivity in captivity, when rescued by a team of Nature Watchers, on May 8, in the parish of Flamengos, where it was also released.

On the occasion, Hernâni Jorge, took the opportunity to “condemn the behavior of those – fortunately, less and less – who do not respect nature and biodiversity”, adding that “since the kite bird is a priority protected species, its capture or detention in captivity constitutes a serious environmental offense, punishable by a fine of between 2,000 to 20,000 euros, in case of negligence, or 4,000 to 40,000 euros, in case of intent “.

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