At the end of July, beginning of August, 29 black kites, two kites and a dead buzzard have been found in Wamba.
On July 28, following the notice of an individual, environmental agents from the Ministry of Development and Environment of the Junta de Castilla y León picked up in the municipality of Wamba and transferred to the Wild Animals Recovery Center of the province from Valladolid (CRAS) four specimens of black kite, one specimen of royal kite and two baits, as well as one live specimen of black kite with clear signs of intoxication. This last specimen was treated immediately by applying the corresponding antidote, which, together with the support treatment, managed to save his life.
On July 29, the environmental agents, in collaboration with the SEPRONA of the Civil Guard, located three other bodies of black kite and a bait that were found in the same area. After the forensic examination of all the specimens and the inspection of the baits carried out by the CRAS veterinary team, it was determined that the signs found were compatible with an acute poisoning that led to the death of all the specimens.
The samples obtained from the autopsy were sent on the same July 30 to the reference laboratory, the Toxicology and Forensic Veterinary Service of the Veterinary Faculty of the University of Murcia, the first results being reported late on July 31, confirming the presumptive diagnosis of over acute poisoning.
On August 3, after the extension of the search device by the staff of the Junta de Castilla y León, another nine bodies of black kite and two baits were received in the CRAS, found in the same area as the previous ones. After the immediate autopsy of the specimens and the finding of similar injuries, it is concluded that the cause of death is compatible with that of the previous specimens (super acute poisoning).
August 4, 13 black kites, a royal kite and a buzzard, as well as three baits, located by the environmental agents in the same municipal area as all the aforementioned specimens, enter the late morning. Currently, they are waiting for the anatomopathological study.
According to the action protocol contained in the Action Plan for the eradication of the illegal use of poisoned baits in the Natural Environment in Castilla y León, this episode has been reported and coordinated with SEPRONA and it will immediately be transferred to the Ministry Fiscal.
Likewise, in the coming days the hunting owners of the affected lands will be notified of the need to adopt measures aimed at expediting the recovery of the populations of the affected species as a consequence of the serious damage to the ecosystem by eliminating the use of the small game species that are the base of the trophic pyramid, valuing the suspension of the hunting plan of the affected land or lands, while a new plan is presented in which a correction of the quotas is made and the appropriate ones are determined measures to promote and reserve the aforementioned species.
According to the Ministry of Development and Environment, this is the largest poisoning episode that has occurred in recent years in Castilla y León, with the result, to date, of 29 black kites, two red kites and a buzzard. dead.
Castilla y León preserves great environmental wealth, being one of the regions of Europe with the greatest biodiversity. The poisoning episodes continue to be a scourge, and the Junta de Castilla y León appeals to society for its collaboration in the maintenance of this exceptional common heritage, alerting the environmental authorities to the presence of any specimen of wildlife killed or wounded in the natural environment.
Source: Birdlife Europe and Central Asia