A man is under investigation by the environmental branch of the Guardia Civil over his possession of two animals on the endangered species list.
The animals in question are two lynxes (Caracal caracal). The caracal is a medium-sized wild cat, native to Africa, the Middle East, Central Asia, and arid areas of Pakistan and northwestern India.
The carcal is included within the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora, which is one of the largest and oldest conservation & sustainable-use agreements in existence.
The man may be charged with trafficking endangered species, as he was attempting to sell them. Seprona got wind of their existence on a property in Santiurde de Toranzo (Cantabria).
The owner had been actually “taking them for walks” in public to show them off in the hope of attracting a buyer, perhaps.
The accused allegedly obtained them at an establishment in Toledo, which is also now under investigation and where officers found that the carcals had been sold without a bill of purchase or any documentation that certified their legal acquisition.
The animals have been handed over to CITES rescue centre, APP Primadomus, which has centres in Spain, the Netherlands and Germany.
(News/Noticias: Santiurde de Toranzo, Cantabria)