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Pablo the vulture is dead in Limassol – He crashed into power lines (pics)

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Νεκρoς ο γyπας Pablo στη Λεμεσo- Προσeκρουσε σε ηλεκ τροφόρα καλόδια (pics)

Young Pablo vulture found dead, born in 2021 in Spain and released in Cyprus as part of the Life with Vultures program to strengthen the local population.

According to BirdLife Cyprus, “Pablo was closely monitored via his satellite transmitter. When the program team realized something was wrong, they visited the area in Episkopi where the signal was coming from and found Pablo dead, near high voltage wires.

The Game and Wildlife Service rushed to the scene. as well as the Police, who were called to investigate the causes of the Vulture's death as provided for in the procedure for investigating the death of a protected species. 

Pablo's death was the tragic result of hitting power lines, which was confirmed by autopsy, X-ray and satellite transmitter signals.

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Unpleasant news from the Diocese of Limassol. Last Sunday we lost Pablo, a young vulture born in 2021 in Spain and released in Cyprus as part of the project Life with Vultures to strengthen the local population.

Like all Spanish vultures, Pablo was closely monitored via his satellite transmitter. When the program team realized something was wrong, they visited the area in Episkopi where the signal was coming from and found Pablo dead, near high voltage wires.

The Game and Wildlife Service rushed to the scene. as well as the Police, who were called to investigate the causes of the Vulture's death as provided for in the procedure for investigating the death of a protected species. 

Pablo's death was the tragic result of hitting power lines, which was confirmed by autopsy, X-ray and satellite transmitter signals.

Unfortunately, Pablo's death is the third confirmed incident of a Vulture impacting energy infrastructure in Cyprus (the first was the death of Nefeli in 2022). Electrocution and collisions with overhead wires are a serious threat to Vultures throughout Europe and Cyprus is unfortunately no exception. However, there are solutions being implemented to make these infrastructures safer for wildlife. We are in contact with the Cyprus Electricity Authority regarding the marking of overhead power lines with the highest risk of impact with special equipment (fireflies) and the insulation of potentially dangerous pylons.

We hope that the EAC will implement these measures in as soon as possible, before we lose more vultures but also other raptors like eagles which also have a cause of death from collisions and electrocution.

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Source: www.sigmalive.com

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