Vole cull puts humans at risk in poison alert
17 April 2007, PALENCIA – An investigation was underway on Tuesday into the ecological damage caused by a cull of millions of voles.
17 April 2007
PALENCIA – An investigation was underway on Tuesday into the ecological damage caused by a cull of millions of voles.
Authorities were keen to cut down numbers of 3 million voles, who had bread voraciously owing to the mild winter.
The rodents had caused serious damage to crops in the area, costing farmers an estimated EUR 15 million.
But when authorities laid down poison on 200,000 hectares, it caused worse damage, by killing pigeons and other wildlife.
Reports of 118 dead pigeons caused serious alarm in the Castilla y Leon area because many locals eat the bird and it was feared humans could ingest the poison too.
Cereal crops have also been ruined.
The Civil Guard has reported the matter and a judge opened the investigation.
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Subject: Spanish news