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Missing Iberian Lynx in Cordoba

The Nature Protection Service (Seprona) are investigating the disappearance of Iberian lynx in the province of Córdoba after the discovery of several geolocation transmitter collars that appear to have been forcibly removed from the individuals.

In two examples the collar of “Pajaron” who was reintroduced some time ago was found in mid January in the mountainous area of Adamuz. The second transmitter is from a seven-year-old male (“Kot“) released last December between the Guadalmellato and the Cardeña-Montoro Natural Park after a two-month stay at the Life Lince breeding enter in la Olivilla in Santa Elena (Jaén). Suspiciously the second transmitter was found in February by the Special Group of Underwater Activities (GEAS) of the Civil Guard in the Guadalquivir river close to the village of Montoro.

Searching has begun to find out if the two individuals are still alive and its important to note that it is it is practically impossible for them to lose the collars by accident or even in a territorial fight with other lynx.

Opinion

As the Lynx population grows it is fairly obvious that territories will be expanded and some lynx will move into more human populated areas. This creates a conflict with livestock owners (Especially chicken) as the natural prey of the lynx still in decline (rabbit.) In fact the chicken farmers in the area of Adamuz have been complaining for a long time about this issue stating that over 800 chickens were killed or taken in a short space of time with frequent sightings of “up to 8” lynx around the village. There have even been lynx trapped and unable to escape from a coop after gaining access in order to steal a chicken.

The solutions? Well I suppose the farmers could make the chicken pens more secure. But, the habitat for the lynx is obviously not adequate as there is eveidently not enough food supply for the expanding population. Untill the issue of the rabbit population devastated by myxamotosis in the last decades is solved and the main food supply for the lynx returns to stable levels this issue between a protected species and local human inhabitants will continue.

I have always said that in any reintroduction programme for any species, the habitat (including food supply) must be created first. Whats the point in breeding and releasing animals into an area where they will almost certainly starve to death or be killed by the competition. In the case of the Iberian Lynx, whilst population numbers are still relatively low its not such an issue, but as the reintroduction programme becomes a success we will see more conflict like this.

As for the missing “Pajaron” and “Kot“? One can only assume that they were killed and the transmitters removed and thrown in the river in the hope that it would not be found.

Read more about the Iberian Lynx

Iberian lynx (Lynx pardinus) Lince Ibérico

Happy migration time for Buoux the Egyptian vulture

The Egyptian Vulture Buoux hatched in 2018 and has spent a lot of its life in captivity after being rescued and released twice.

Finally he’s crossed the sea and reached Africa after spending the summer in Spain and Portugal.

Map of the Egyptian vultures migration route
Map of the Egyptian vultures migration route through Spain

Interestingly, Buoux is present in areas that the Egyptian Vultures from the Douro (Portugal and Spain) tagged within the LIFE Rupis project are hanging out. The VCF (vulture Conservation Foundation) track the movements of Egyptian Vultures tagged in the Douro Canyon that borders Portugal and Spain, and it seems that Buoux uses similar areas, particularly the Boucle du Baoulé National Park in Mali.

Read the full story here.

https://www.4vultures.org/french-egyptian-vulture-buoux-african-wintering-grounds/

More maps and Egyptian vulture movements and news on the website of VCF

https://www.4vultures.org/our-work/monitoring/egyptian-vulture-online-maps/

Sierra de las Nieves National Park (Almost)

Just a few more meetings and the the future National Park of the Sierra de las Nieves will be the sixteenth in Spain (the third in Anadalusia). This will allow the areas inclusion in the Spanish Network of National Parks.

The Sierra de las Nieves is home to 65 percent of the Spanish fir (Abies pinsapo) forest and is a haven of diversity of habitats and varied fauna. The park also includes an important representation of holm oaks, cork oaks, gall oaks, black pine forests, junipers and riverside forests.

The towns and villages in the affected in the area proposed as the Sierra de las Nieves National Park are Benahavis, El Burgo, Istán, Monda, Parauta, Ronda, Tolox and Yunquera. (Alozaina, Casarabonela, Guaro, Igualeja, Ojén and Serrato outside of the park limits but benefitting from the parks infrastructure etc. (Rural tourism)

The area includes many large rock formations dating back hundreds of millions of years and which have outlined a scene of different types of plutonic, metamorphic and sedimentary rocks; peridotites, gneisses, limestones, dolomites, marbles, serpentinites and alluvial quaternary deposits that act as fillings for the valley bottoms. (Peridotites, very unique worldwide, are one of the rarest rocks in the earth’s crust, because their outcrops show a portion of the lithospheric mantle, which is generally not visible.

The area is already protected under narural park status, biosphere reserve and red 2000

Read more about the Sierra de las Nieves.

The below map shows the proposed Sierra de las Nieves National Park limits and the economic benefits for the surrounding towns and villages.

Sierra de las Nieves National Park
Sierra de las Nieves National Park limits showing also peripheral protection area (Green) and the area affected econimically (Rural tourism)

The Grazalema Guide

The best way to see all our web projects in one place is over at the Grazalema Guide.

The Grazalema Guide – Tourist Information Portal for the Sierra de Grazalema, Wildside Holidays, the town of Ronda and the Caminito del Rey.

https://grazalemaguide.com/

Bear hit by car in Asturias

A huge shame to see this video published on various social networks over the last couple of days of a bear hit by car in Somiedo…. (Below link is to facebook)

https://www.facebook.com/fundacionosopardo/videos/2711347402477368/

It is always a possibility to have a traffic accident with any kind of animal but for the people involved in this accident, to think that videoing the consequences is more important rather than calling the authorities for immediate help is very disturbing to say the least.

In the video the bear manages to cross the barrier with an obvious broken leg and other injuries. Although the authorities have searched for the bear it has not been found and one would presume that it would have died by now

See the Article on the Spanish FAPAS website here
https://www.fapas.es/noticias/el-gobierno-de-asturias-no-ha-podido-rescatar-al-oso-atropellado

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