Police hunt killers after endangered wild cat found dead in Spain

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ENDANGERED: The Iberian Lynx wild cat

OFFICERS from Spain’s environmental branch of the Guardia Civil are investigating after an Iberian lynx was found in an illegal trap in the town of San Pablo de Montes in Toledo.

It was a male lynx born in 2015 and released in Montes de Toledo in February 2016.

Seprona agents have appealed for anyone who has information to contact them on 062 or email [email protected]

The corpse of the lynx was transferred to the Centre for Studies of Iberian Raptors (CERI), where an autopsy was performed.

With the death of this specimen, nine Iberian lynxes have died in the Castilla-La Mancha region so far this year.

Since the launch of the reintroduction program of the species in area in 2014 twenty-one lynx specimens have died. 

The conservation organisation WWF (World Wildlife Fund) has said that  2017 is already the worst year for the Iberian lynx, with 33 individuals killed by different causes incudling road deaths.

Environmentalists have asked the relevant councils of Andalucia and Castilla-La Mancha to increase their promised efforts on the roads to avoid these deaths, despite having funding from European environmental authorities.

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