The Public Prosecutor’s Office of Teruel investigates the death of Sabino, the lammergeier electrocuted in Maestrazgo

He wants to determine the circumstances in which the accident occurred and to determine responsibilities, if any. The delegated prosecutor of Environment and Urbanism in Teruel, Jorge Moradell, has opened an investigation to know the causes of the death of ‘Sabino’, one of the two Bearded Vulture chicks introduced in the Sierra del Maestrazgo last June for their adaptation within the European project ‘Iberian Corridors for the Bearded Vulture’. The carcass of ‘Sabino’ was located on August 29th by a team of technicians from the Fundación para la Conservación del Quebrantuesos (FCQ) next to the Majalinos hill, under a power line. The results of the necropsy carried out by forensic experts of the Government of Aragon indicated that the bird perished by electrocution, when it landed on a medium voltage electric pole. The Environmental Prosecutor’s Office of Teruel is conducting proceedings to determine the circumstances in which the accident occurred, in order to prevent further accidents and also to determine responsibilities, if any. The power line, according to initial official reports, has bird guards – neoprene strips – and some anti-electrocution measures – clamps and insulation in the downspouts – but these systems have been found to be insufficient. After the discovery, the FCQ informed the Agents of Nature Protection (APN) of the Government of Aragon, who went to the scene and carried out the removal of the body. The FCQ asked the DGA and the company that owns the power line to carry out electro-technical corrections to avoid another electrocution.