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Two lynxes run over in Andalusia die in less than five days

A female Iberian lynx was run over Monday night on the road between the Huelva municipalities of Lucena and Bonares, in the area of ​​Doñana. She has denounced it Ecologists in Actionwhich ensures that it is the second specimen to die in the last five days, since on April 30 another was found dead on the road from Salteras to Seville.

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The organization indicates that it is a specimen with a tracking collar, and points out that “it could be a lynx released recently by the president of the Board, Juan Manuel Moreno Bonilla.” Also in February, a specimen was killed by a car on the road between Almonte and Matalascañas, in Huelva. The previous one was on December 23, when he was run over on the paved road between El Rocío and the Seville town of Villamanrique with a fatal outcome.

Ecologists in Action criticizes that, “today, it is difficult to know the number of dead lynxes on our roads and the situation of the death rate of the Iberian lynx due to being run over”, a situation that it attributes to “the lack of transparency” on the part of the Andalusian environmental administration. Likewise, the organization “demands again and again” the permeabilization of road infrastructure in Doñana to restore connectivity to the territory of these animals in the region every time it receives information about lynx outrage.

The Andalusian Government is developing together with other countries the life connect project to eliminate the fragmentation and isolation of territories for fauna. According to the information provided by the regional administration itself, the actions have consisted above all of placing persuasive reflectors to dazzle the animals that were going to cross the asphalt with the lights. This program is co-financed by Europe and has received recognition from the European Union itself, “but in the Andalusian case for the Iberian lynx, the results are neither visible nor effective.”

Accidents, the leading cause of death

“It is no use congratulating ourselves on the growth of the global population based on the release of captive-bred specimens if one of the two emblematic territories of the species, which is the Doñana-Aljarafe region, has abuses as the first cause of death.” In this sense, he recalls that in 2020, and despite the decrease in traffic on the roads due to the pandemic, 12 specimens were run over in this area, which represents around 10% of the population registered in Doñana.

For this reason, the organization “urges, once again, the Junta de Andalucía to act to adapt and optimize road signs to the type and circumstances of these roads and paths”, in coordination with the General Directorate of Traffic of the Civil Guard. “Although the environmental administration has claimed to be doing it for years, it is evident that there has been no achievement,” he laments in this regard. For this reason, it calls on citizens to exercise extreme caution at the wheel and reduce speed when driving on the roads of the Doñana region, “both for the conservation of fauna, especially the protected one such as the Iberian lynx, and for improve road safety and reduce traffic accidents and risk situations”.

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