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Israel to lead training course in Europe on illegal hunting crackdown

Sue Surkes is The Times of Israel's environment reporter.

An Israel Nature and Parks Authority ranger at work in Israel. (Yaniv Cohen, INPA)
An Israel Nature and Parks Authority ranger at work in Israel. (Yaniv Cohen, INPA)

The European Ranger Federation asks the Israel Nature and Parks Authority to prepare and lead an international training course on the enforcement of illegal hunting for a worldwide audience of rangers.

Delivered via Zoom, the first session will take place Sunday to coincide with World Ranger Day. This commemorates the many rangers killed or injured defending wildlife and celebrates the work carried out by rangers worldwide.

The course will use case studies illustrating thinking out of the box, and will delve into subjects such as the training and safety of rangers, the integration of volunteers into the fight against illegal hunting, and the use of evidence in court, such as animal DNA.

To mark the launch of the course on July 31, an Israeli delegation including six INPA inspectors will fly to Germany to take part in an international discussion about illegal hunting-related themes.

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