The Civil Guard finds the body of an Iberian Lynx and clarifies his death by relating it to a hunting action

The necropsy performed confirmed that the animal was shot by a hunting shotgun when cartridge pellets were found in its body.

It is a juvenile specimen that was born in freedom thanks to the offspring of parents introduced into the natural environment by the LIFE Project "IBERLINCE".

Two people have been arrested, the perpetrator of the shot and the person who buried him to hide it

The Civil Guard, within the framework of the "CARACAL" operation, has arrested two people, for being related to the death of an Iberian Lynx found on a Don Benito farm.

The specimen was discovered partially buried, in an advanced state of decomposition, in one of the devices deployed by the Nature Protection Service (SEPRONA), to search for two missing Iberian Lynxes, since last January, in the Paraje "Sierra de la Ortiga" by Don Benito (Badajoz).

As a result of this device, a dog from the Civil Guard Cynological Service expert in the search for corpses, located the animal. Subsequently, the lynx was bagged and sealed for shipment to the laboratory for its corresponding autopsy, in order to determine the cause of death.

As a result of these events, steps were taken to find out the property of the delimited with the Hunting and Fish Resources Service of the Junta de Extremadura, and with the Wildlife Section of the General Directorate of Sustainability of the Junta de Extremadura, in charge of monitoring of the evolution of the Iberian Lynx specimens introduced in this area.

Although in the first instance, it was thought that the two missing lynxes had left their place of birth by natural dispersal, technicians from the LIFE Project had warned that they did not know their whereabouts since last January because in satellite tracking of the necklace, with a signal-emitting device They stopped locating them in the company of their brothers.

Upon receiving the report of the necropsy requested from the “Los Hornos” Wildlife Recovery Center in Sierra de Fuentes (Cáceres), his result indicated that the cause of death of the lynx was “trauma caused by shooting”, and that in his body existed housed "78 cartridge shells, ammunition commonly used for small game". Likewise, in another report, issued by the Malaga Center for Analysis and Diagnosis, on the study of the larvae of the carcass, it was stated that the dating of the death of the animal is included within the period indicated in the autopsy. Report that undoubtedly helped to locate in time the moment of the shooting.

From here, the investigation carried out to find out the authorship of the event, concluded with the identity of the person involved. Likewise, they also allowed to identify the person who buried the animal, in order to hide it, by express indication of the previous hunter.

The Iberian Lynx (Lynx pardinus)

The Iberian Lynx (Lynx pardinus) is "the most threatened cat in the world", according to IUCN (International Union for Conservation of Nature), and is listed "IN DANGER OF EXTINCTION" by various regulations of international, European and national application and autonomic.
The agents continue with the investigations to find the other unlocated lynx, brother of the previous one, as they can run the same fate as this one, since both specimens descend from the same adult parents introduced into the “Area of ​​the Ortiga”, a natural environment chosen by the Board. of Extremadura for the implementation of the "LIFE IBERLINCE Project".
The operation was developed by members of the SEPRONA of Badajoz and Castuera, and a canine guide from El Pardo (Madrid), assisted by the dog "TIÉTAR", specialized in the detection of corpses. At all times there was the collaboration of environmental technicians from the Junta de Extremadura.
For more information you can contact the Peripheral Communication Office of the Civil Guard Command in Badajoz, on the phone 630728035.

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