Iberian lynx killed in road accident in Huelva, Spain calls for more protection
The Iberian lynx killed in a road accident in Huelva, Spain, has prompted calls for more protection for endangered species.
The lynx was reportedly involved in a fatal hit and run today, Thursday April 15, on a road that connects Huelva to the coastal town of Mazagon.
Environmentalists in action, who have confirmed that the adult female Erodia belongs to the population of Doñana-Aljarafe, are now calling for more to be done to prevent accidents of this type.
The animal’s corpse has been transferred to the Center for Analysis and Diagnosis of Fauna (CAD) of the Junta de Andalucia, where an autopsy will be carried out.
Environmentalists in Action said he was saddened by the latest death of a lynx and reported incidents like these show that “events on the roads are slowing the recovery of the lynx species.”
The group also criticized “the passive attitude” of the various administrations in the face of this reality, believing that “they are doing very little to prevent it”.
“The EU should be more forceful on this issue,” said Ecologists in Action, as reported Nius.
The Iberian lynx is a species of wild cat endemic to the Iberian Peninsula and is listed as endangered on the IUCN Red List.
In January, the Ministry of Transport, Mobility and Urban Agenda announced that three new underground passages will be built on the N-420 road through the Cardeña-Montoro Natural Park in Cordoba to protect the Iberian lynx endangered.
Wooded areas two and a half meters wide will be cleared on either side of the road along the 12 km as a safety zone.
Retroreflectors will be placed on vertical signage as optical deterrents to alert animals of vehicle lights in the dark, and new signs will be put in place to warn drivers of lynx passing.
The work is part of the “ Life Lynx Connect ” project, which attempts to connect the two populations of this endangered species in Andalusia, Doñana and the eastern region of Sierra Morena, where a male of the species was released by the Junta de Andalucia in December.