Over 60 municipalities in the province of Málaga have designated hunting areas which have been given temporary permission for the hunting of the Iberian ibex.

The move by the regional government also includes other large areas of Andalucía and is described as an effort to improve the health of the wild mountain goats’ population. In April, the regional Hunting Biodiversity Council gave approval to ter measure which will apply during the hunting seasons until 2021.

For the first time, anti-parasitic treatments will be administered, following their successful implementation since 2012 in other parts of the region, including the game reserve in the Serrania de Ronda. The prime intention is to reduce the incidence of mange, a parasitic skin condition caused by an infestation of the scabies mite. It is highly contagious with a global distribution which affects a wide range of mammals including the ibex.

As well as preventing and avoid the spread of scabies, authorised personnel will eliminate certain individuals using selective criteria management, while live specimens will be captured and held in quarantine or in enclosures to ensure the survival of the species.