Technicians from the Bearded Vulture Conservation Foundation (FCQ) have located the corpse of a three-year-old male released in 2019 within the framework of the recovery program for the species in Picos de Europa.
The specimen, baptized as Lorién and donated by the Government of Aragon, was found in the last few hours in a mountainous area in eastern Asturias, the foundation has reported.
The technicians went to the place alerted by the satellite beacons that the specimen carried.
After immediately notifying the authorities of the Principality, members of the Natural Environment Nursery and the canine unit for the detection of poisons appeared at the place where the specimen lay, and the Seprona of the Civil Guard was informed.
Specialists in geolocation of the FCQ They have already identified the exact places where the specimen alighted and ate hours before it was found dead.
The foundation has detailed information on its latest movements, which “is allowing more open investigation to be focused”, and the testimonies provided by residents of a nearby municipality are “helping to clarify what happened.”
Lorién’s necropsy will be carried out in the coming days at the Hunting Resources Research Institute (IREC-CSIC), in Ciudad Real.
This is the second specimen found dead in recent daysafter locating last Sunday the body of a female released in 2016.
The foundation has recalled that the death of species listed as endangered, such as the bearded vulture, “It is typified as a serious crime by Spanish law and entails imprisonment.”
Thanks to the reintroduction project that has been working on since 2010, in March 2020 the first bearded vulture was born in Picos de Europa in 75 years, a female named “Bienvenida”, daughter of “Deva”, ceded by the Government of Aragon and reintroduced in 2014, and “Casanova”, which arrived under its own power from the Pyrenees a year earlier.
After the last releases carried out last August, there are already thirty specimens -19 females and 11 males- that have been reintroduced in this protected area within the project led by the FCQ in coordination with the environmental authorities of the Principality of Asturias, Aragon, Cantabria and Castile and León.