Ecologistas say protected Iberian lynx killed by hunters

Iberian lynx killed by animal trap in province of Toledo, Castilla-La Mancha. Photo: Ecologistas en Acción / 20minutos
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► Four animals re-introduced into wild killed by hunters in Montes de Toledo
► Environmental NGO calls on Castilla-La Mancha region to step up protection

Environmentalist organization Ecologistas en Acción (Ecologists in Action) has denounced the deaths of four protected Iberian lynx reintroduced into the Castilla-La Mancha region as part of a wildlife re-population scheme.

The deaths of the four animals, two of which were killed in September, all occurred in the province of Toledo and were killed either by hunters using shotguns or by steel traps laid out on private hunting preserves in order to kill predators.

All four of the animals had been reintroduced into the Montes de Toledo area of the Castilla-La Mancha region under the wildlife reintroduction program carried out by the Life+Iberlince project. According to Ecologistas en Acción, Toledo’s province-wide Junta de Comunidades board that governs intra-municipal cooperation on the Iberlince program was supposed to guarantee the protection and safety of the animals on both public and protected lands in the province.

Ecologistas have demanded that the Castilla-La Mancha government provide an explanation as to why the deaths of the animals were not reported immediately and has called for stepped up measures to protect the Iberian lynx species throughout the region.

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