Controversy has arisen after a goat that was trapped on the Famara cliffs was rescued and freed by fire services on Saturday.
The Association for the Conservation of Canarian Biodiversity (ACBC) has criticised the decision to release the goat in the same location, claiming that such animals are an invasive species and pose a threat to the unique ecosystem on the Famara cliffs.
“The goat is a species introduced by humans that plays an inarguable role in the economy of the islands,” the ACBC said. “ However, once they are ion the wild they become an invasive species and should be managed as such. The effects that goats have are notorious , not only for eating plant life but also for the tracks they leave, which cause erosion and threaten fertile soil on the cliff.”
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