Vul­ture love

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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.

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