Traditional herb sellers, poachers warned against selling vultures
The National Conservation Foundation has called on security operatives and herb sellers to support the foundation in its efforts to stop trafficking and illegal killing of vultures.
The Conservation Manager, Technical Programme of the NCF, Mr. Adedayo Mahmud, said this in Osogbo on Friday at a workshop organised by the NCF for policemen, officers of Nigerian Customs Service as well as herbs sellers.
Mahmud said vultures plays a very important role in the ecosystem, saying these include prevention of outbreak of diseases and sicknesses through their activities.
Apart from this role, the conservationist said, vultures also assist law enforcement agencies by flying over the area where poachers have just killed wildlife animals.
He said poachers usually poison these birds in order to avoid being given away by their activities.
Mahmud said, “Vultures are being killed in large number despite their importance to the ecosystem. Vulture population has declined drastically but it is estimated that a single vulture provides a scavenging benefit of $11,600 per year.