Cypriot farmers require the authorities to compensate for the raids of moufflons, who love to eat leaves and bark of fruit trees, as well as wheat crops. In addition, farmers want the state to finance the construction of fences for their lands. The issue has been discussed in parliament for two years, but no decisions have been taken yet. Meanwhile, frustrated by the shortage of food and water in forests, fearful mouflons have grown to the point that they come to some villages in the Cafenio.
Andros Kafkalas, the head of the parliamentary committee on agriculture, expects compensation to farmers for the tricks of the mouflons will be laid in the state budget 2019. Speech ideas about a million euros. A deputy from the AKEL party stated that the state is responsible for the damage caused by the muflons, and therefore the authorities are obliged to compensate it.
According to The Cyprus Mail, the leader of the community of the village of Campos, Sotiris Antoniou, said that he came to parliament to discuss the behavior of moufflons for the third time in the last two years, but the matter has not moved further than the words. Farmers suggested that the authorities provide them with materials for fencing, and then pay for the construction work.
Mouflons are the property of the state, and it must control them. We reject the proposal to allow selective hunting for mouflons, because with this approach, they will not end up with any. This year mouflons could not find enough food and clean water in the forests, and began to appear in the villages. They came to us in the Cafenio, "said Mr. Antonio.
In the early twentieth century hunting for the moufflon was a favorite occupation of British aristocrats. Do not lag behind them and the Cypriots. It was believed that lean muffle meat is very useful, and with the development of the network of forest roads this species of animals gradually began to disappear. Even natural caution did not save the moufflon from almost total destruction in the first half of the twentieth century.
By 1938 on the island there were about 15 mouflons. Emergency measures were taken to save the almost extinct species. The colonial government approved a law prohibiting hunting for mouflons. Forest in the Paphos area was declared a protected area, while mountain goats (mouflon rivals) and shepherds (potential hunters) were moved to other parts of Cyprus.
In 1945 year in the area of the village of Stavros-tis-Psokas it was decided to create a reserve for mouflons so that they could live and multiply in safety. Then it was decided to establish a second zakaznik in the town of Plataniya. At the beginning of the 21st century, the population of mouflons in Cyprus was more than 3000 individuals. Most often they are found in the Trypilos Reserve and in the famous Cedar Valley.
Mouflons, feeding on grass, field plants, raspberries, blackberries and foliage of trees, have long become a disaster for farmers. They are lactated with leaves and bark of fruit trees and wheat shoots. Prior to the crisis, the government each time paid compensation for damage to farmlands, placing muffle raids on a par with drought, frosts and floods.