Turkish gendarmerie frees 7,500 poached frogs
NEVŞEHİR – Anadolu Agency
Gendarmerie in central Turkey on Oct. 17 freed 7,500 frogs that had been destined for export.
Gendarmerie officers in Gülşehir, in the heart of the popular tourism region of Cappadocia in Nevşsehir province, found the amphibians in dozens of nets when they stopped a minibus during a routine vehicle stop.
Five men detained for trafficking the frogs told officers they caught the frogs in the Kızılırmak river basin, a gendarmerie official said.
They said they were transporting the frogs to the southern province of Adana, where they intended to sell them to an exporter, the official added on condition of anonymity due to restrictions on talking to the media.
Hasan Hüseyin Doğançay, head of the district livestock agency, oversaw the release of the frogs back into the Kızılırmak river.
He said it was the first time he had encountered such large-scale poaching.
“We just released the frogs back to nature because they were caught without permission and outside permitted hunting areas,” he told Anadolu Agency.
Turkey has a number of licensed frog hunters who usually sell their catches to the French or Chinese markets.