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U.A.E. Citizen Nabbed 'Trying To Smuggle Falcons' From Kyrgyzstan


The saker falcon is often used for hunting in Central Asian and Persian Gulf states.

The saker falcon is often used for hunting in Central Asian and Persian Gulf states.

BISHKEK -- A citizen of the United Arab Emirates (U.A.E.) has been arrested at Bishkek's Manas international airport for allegedly attempting to smuggle rare birds out of the country, RFE/RL's Kyrgyz Service reports.

Airport spokeswoman Jypar Israilova told RFE/RL on November 22 that the suspect was detained on November 21 when checking in for a Bishkek-Dubai flight. She said customs police found four rare saker falcons in his luggage.

The saker falcon (Falco cherrug) is a rare species protected by international and Kyrgyz law.

The nobility in the Persian Gulf states uses saker falcons for hunting.

The average price for a saker falcon on the Kyrgyz black market is $10,000-15,000.

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