By m.p. - Dec 6, 2009 - 11:14 AM
The three animals found dead in Doñana were all females
The body of a female Iberian lynx was found on a road in Villamanrique de la Condesa, Sevilla, on Friday, within the boundaries of the Doñana natural park. The animal was run over by a motorist and is the third female of this threatened species to have been found dead in Doñana in the space of a week, and the fifth so far this year.
One of the other two deaths in the past week is still under investigation, but an autopsy on the body of the third female has determined that she died from a digestive problem.
The two other lynx found dead this year were both run over by motorists. One of the animals was pregnant with two male lynx kittens and had been shot before she was hit by the vehicle.
Europa Press notes that these five deaths bring the number of female lynx known to be living in the wild in Doñana down to 15.
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