Bolivia has sent a group of researchers to the area where 35 dead andescondors were found in recent days. The authorities fear that the animals have been poisoned, writes the BBC.
The dead condors were found around the carcass of a goat in the southern department of Tarija. It‘s possible the scavengers had eaten the goat’s poisoned meat. There were also dead dogs near the carcass.
BirdLife Nature Conservation Organization wrote at the end of last year that the number of andescondors in South America is rapidly decreasing and that the species is threatened with extinction.
In 2018, 34 poisoned andescondors were found in the west of Argentina. Those animals were most likely killed by farmers who wanted to prevent birds from attacking their cattle.
The Bolivian Environment Ministry speaks to press agency AFP of “irreparable damage to our nature and the species”. It‘s not clear who’s behind the possible poisoning and whether the condors were also targeted. That is now being investigated.
With a wingspan of 2.70 to 3.20 meters, the andescondor is one of the largest birds in the world. The animals can reach 70 years old.