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Bogus hunt boss detained over poisoned bait deaths
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thinkSPAIN , Monday, October 6, 2008

A 59-year-old man arrested by Guardia Civil environmental officers in Calasperra (Murcia) is accused of leaving poisoned bait in a private hunting reserve he has been managing illegally since the death of its owner in 2005.

The investigation started several weeks ago when a man reported that two of his dogs had died after a walk through the reserve.

Several lumps of black pudding adulterated with a granular substance like the one shown in the photo were found at the entrance to a fox hole during a subsequent search of the area, and the substance was later confirmed by veterinary experts at Murcia University to be a very potent poison normally used on the hulls of ships to repel shellfish.

At least five dogs are thought to have died as a result of eating the poisoned bait, as well as an unknown number of wild animals, and possibly even carrion birds.

 
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