In the footsteps of lynx

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Sharing space with one of the most threatened felines on the planet is a privilege, but it also entails a great responsibility.

Although it is still necessary to be cautious, the lynx seems to be moving away little by little from the ill-fated vortex of extinction, which threatened him with death in the 80s. After several decades of conservation programs, captive breeding and awareness campaigns, the Iberian lynx has returned to regain the hegemony of the Mediterranean mountain, that which correspond by right as the great cat that lurks behind the shadows of oaks and Kermes oaks.

However, the absence of wild rabbits (their main prey), the abuses and furtivism continue to suck with the “big cat” and tarnish the efforts made with the support of the whole society.

To help spread the importance of its conservation, on December 12, the International Day of the Iberian Lynx is celebrated, the great cat of iberia that with many feats does not cease to amaze us. You just have to remember Kentaro, the traveling lynx that was released in the Montes de Toledo and that reached Galicia traveling more than 3,000 km plagued by dangers between Spain and Portugal, where he lost his life when he was run over by a vehicle on a secondary road. .

Among the feats of the lynx is also the conquest of the olive grove, that symmetrical crop with its trees in a row that surrounds them in many areas of the Sierra Morena. There is already confirmation of lynxes breeding among olive trees and from time to time, we are lucky to be able to contemplate their steps recorded in the fine sand of the olive grove, something that excites us.

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