16 Jul, 2015 @ 17:27
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Scabies outbreak threatens mountain goat population in Andalucia

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Mountain goats are a very important hunting species in Spain

INFECTED goats are running rampant through Andalucia.

Mountain goats are a very important hunting species in Spain
Mountain goats are a very important species in Spain

The Junta’s environment agency has issued health warnings and hunting restrictions on areas in Almeria, Granada, Jaen and Malaga in order to control an outbreak of scabies in mountain goats.

The Junta has proposed multiple approaches, from the use of firearms to eliminate infected animals, as well as the live capture and transport of goats to protected areas.

Scabies, a highly contagious disease transmitted through mites, is easily transferable from goats to both livestock and humans.

In 1987, an outbreak in Spain reduced the mountain goat population to 3% of its previous size.

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