Poaching group dismantled in Spain

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Poaching group dismantled in Spain
Credit: Guardia Civil

Poaching group dismantled in Spain’s Madrid.

Officers from the Guardia Civil have managed to dismantle a poaching group. The group had been illegally manipulating hunting seals to pass their taxidermy works off as legitimate. Officers discovered a shocking variety of animal trophies during the investigation.

Operation Ro3buk saw 23 members of the poaching ring investigated by the Guardia Civil. The people have been charged with multiple alleged crimes including falsifying documentation and poaching.

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Officers from the Guardia Civil discovered 1 wolf skull, 13 roe deer trophies along with 4 male wild boar trophies during the operation. They also found and seized more than 100 hunting seals, most of which had been tampered with.

The Guardia Civil operation began in May after an illegal taxidermy workshop was discovered in Madrid’s Móstoles.

The illegal workshop did not possess documentation required such as an Environmental Licence, including the Social Security Self-Employment Licence. The workshop had not been registered with the Regional Ministry of the Environment of the Community of Madrid either.


The illegal taxidermy workshop has now been successfully shut due to the operation. Officers from the Guardia Civil have asked for people to cooperate and help them detect illegal hunting. Poaching causes damage to animal populations.


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Alex Glenn is a reporter for Spain’s largest English-speaking newspaper, Euro Weekly News. Formerly she worked in the NHS for 15 years until relocating to Spain in 2018. She loves the Spanish lifestyle, language and culture and spent several years learning Spanish before moving to Spain for a better quality of life. She has made her home in the mountains in Almeria, where she loves being part of a rural community that has a mix of both expats and Spanish residents. In her spare time, she enjoys hiking, reading and exploring the area where she lives.

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