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The LIFE+project Iberlince ensures that the coexistence between hunters and lynx has been excellent, not having found any discomfort to this species in danger of extinction.
The presence of the iberian lynx (Lynx pardinus) in Castilla-La Mancha and the practice of hunting has been shown to be compatible in the region, once it has finished the hunting season.
As explained in a press release the LIFE+project Iberlince, in this first period of activity hunting after the release of several specimens of iberian lynx in Castilla-La Mancha, spain, its presence in the course of numerous days of hunting has not led to any limitation, beyond those imposed by the legislation in force regarding hunting and environmental.
With this background, this hunting season has been atypical with respect to that of the last years, even decades, especially in the region of los Montes de Toledo.
It had been many years in the community castillian-manchegan not produced days of hunting with the stable presence of the iberian lynx. It is worth reflecting that, despite the fact that in recent years had been detecting the presence of multiple copies of lynx in the south of Ciudad Real, in the majority of cases the continuity of these records has been highly variable in time and in space.
The release until the date of 22 specimens of iberian lynx in Castilla-La Mancha, 12 in Ciudad Real and 10 in Toledo, has led to that have been held days of hunting in the community in areas with stable presence of lynx.
In the province of Ciudad Real highlights are the days of hunting carried out in the municipality of Almuradiel, in Sierra Morena Oriental, during the month of February.
In the course of the same not have resulted in discomfort for the lynx nor produced a decrease in the development of the activity to hunting.
Similarly, in the rest of the lands and estates present in the area of reintroduction with the presence of lynx have been carried out monterías that have not generated any problem or for the lynx nor for hunters.
In the case of another area of reintroduction, Montes de Toledo, the bobcats released have not submitted to anomalous behaviors by the celebration of days of hunting in their territories.
In this way, it has been revealed that the hunters have enjoyed your hobby with responsibility.
As important as this, has been the great work done by the technicians of the LIFE+project Iberlince and by the agents of environment of Castilla-La Mancha, which have been kept informed at all times to managers, societies, hunting, landowners, and hunters of the presence and movement of bobcats throughout the community.
The existence of iberian lynx in land use hunting in Castilla-La Mancha has not alleged any restriction, the fact that for some hunters and managers of hunting areas could be a concern at the start of the reintroduction project.
The fact verify that the presence of a species in danger of extinction such as the iberian lynx has not affected the achievement hunting in a community with as much tradition as is the castillian-manchegan, it is not but the realization that hunting and the conservation of endangered species are fully compatible.
All the sectors involved in the use and conservation of the territory and its biodiversity are in agreement to achieve a common goal, has ensured Iberlince, keep it in the best possible state of the natural environment, a circumstance that benefits all parties, the collective hunting and the conservation, promoting the sustainable development of local communities.