Poachers benefit from years of budget cuts
The past three years have seen a strong increase in poaching of roe deer, red deer and wild boar. Years of austerity measures have led to substantially lower numbers of forest rangers and game wardens.
In an interview with current affairt television programme EenVandaag, a game warden said that the roe deer population near Nijmegen had been halved in the past few years, mainly due to a lack of game wardens.
The number of registered cases of poaching has gone up from 2,800 in 2009 to 3,500 so far this year. A red deer fetches around 400 euros on the black market.
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