The Haifa District Court sentenced a local man to seven months in prison for illegally possessing portions of a porcupine – a protected wild animal – the Israel Nature and Parks Authority announced on Sunday. The man, Remi Fahmawi is a known as a “serial porcupine hunter,” the INPA said in a statement.

Fahmawi’s history with porcupine snatching dates as far back as 2009, when park inspectors first caught him carrying two suspicious sacks.

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One bag was filled with hundreds of porcupine spines and the other bore the contents of a porcupine stomach. Fahmawi was subsequently indicted for possession of these items.


In February 2012 he was convicted of possession of a protected wild animal and fined NIS 10,000, but received no prison sentence. After an appeal by INPA, however, judges ordered that the imprisonment should occur, and Fahmawi will begin serving a jail sentence in another month, according to the INPA.

“This is a major achievement in the struggle to preserve wildlife and in the struggle against criminals hunting and possessing protected wildlife without a permit,” a statement from the INPA said.