A GRIFFON vulture was released back to nature in the Sierra Espuña mountains on Tuesday after recovering at El Valle centre for wild animals.
It was found dehydrated and malnourished at Las Cañadas near Lorca. In the last two months another two Griffon vultures have been treated at El Valle and released in Murcia region. Regional environment chief Consuelo Rosauro said they are an endangered species in Murcia but the population is recovering. More than 2,000 animals have been treated this year at El Valle, which is part funded through the European Regional Development Fund. Construction company Monte y Mar de Santa Pola (part of the Masa group) has agreed to pay the council €3.4 million in capital gains tax in return for being allowed to increase the density of housing in the sector CJ-5, adjacent to the N-332 at Gran Alacant. The company had originally agreed this in 2004 but then repeatedly tried to get the deal annulled in the courts, until last December after the council had several of the company’s plots of land embargoed to recover the debt.