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Albania bans hunting to save endangered animals

Published on Feb 4, 2014 11:36 PM

TIRANA (AFP) - Albania said on Tuesday it will ban all hunting for two years to protect animals threatened with extinction.

Environment Minister Lefter Koka said the ban was necessary to protect species whose numbers had fallen dramatically after two decades of rampant hunting.

The environment ministry says brown bears and eagles are now seriously endangered in mountainous areas of Albania. The number of pheasants and wild quail have also fallen dramatically.

"We have been forced to adopt strict measures to protect endangered species from illegal hunting," Mr Koka told AFP.

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