Home Threats Poison in Aragon

In Spain, the illegal use of poison is a very common practice and it is one of the main threats to the conservation of many species of predators and scavengers. Along with direct persecution, the use of poison was the main cause of the decline in population of endangered species such as lynx, Iberian imperial eagle, bearded vulture, cinereous vulture and Egyptian vulture.

The data available to the Departamento de Medio Ambiente on cases of poisoning come from the register of animals brought into the "Centro de Recuperación de Fauna Silvestre de La Alfranca" (Zaragoza), where 206 specimens of wildlife affected by poisoning were hospitalized between 2006 and 2008. Among the most affected species, there are (in descending order), griffon vulture, black kite, Egyptian vulture, bearded vulture.

Birds of prey hospitalized at the Wildlife Rehabilitation Center La Alfranca

Scientific Name
Common Name
2006
2007
2008
Gyps fulvus
Griffon

69
14
4
Neophron percnopterus
Egyptian vulture
6
0
2
Gypaetus barbatus
Bearded vulture
3
1
2
Milvus migrans
Black kite
0
11
0
Total
78
26
8

 

The Departamento de Medio Ambiente of Gobierno de Aragón published in 2007 the “Action Plan for the eradication of the illegal use of poison”, which aims to reduce the incidence of poison mostly on species included in the Catalogue of endangered species in Aragon and in the National Catalogue of endangered species.

The document sets out a number of measures to minimize the effects of the poison, including sensitization, prevention and the increase of the effectiveness of the actions for the prosecution of the crime.

A veterinarian and a white stork.
A veterinarian and a white stork.
A veterinarian and a white stork.