Garmiyan

Illegal deer hunting continues in breeding season as 15 poachers arrested

GARMIYAN — Within a month, 15 poachers have been arrested for killing and illegally trading deer in Sulaymaniyah’s Garmiyan area, with arrest warrants issued for ten more individuals.

According to a statement from the Garmiyan Forest Police, all those arrested have been referred to the judiciary for further investigation and will face severe penalties.

Additionally, ten other suspects are currently being sought, with arrest warrants issued against them for similar offenses.

This is the breeding season for the deer population, and the forest police state that their primary duty is to ensure the protection of these animals.

The deer breeding season begins in May each year and continues until around June.

According to statistics from the Garmiyan Environmental Protection Organization, the number of deer in the Garmiyan area has drastically decreased over a seven-year period. From 2013 to 2020, the deer population plummeted from 12,000 to below 5,000. This sharp decline is mainly attributed to ongoing hunting and trading.

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