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Flora y fauna

Majorcan Wild Goat

The Majorcan wild goat is one of the first animals that humans brought to the islands around 2,500 years ago.

They weigh between 30 and 50 kg, are around 70 cm tall, have a bright red-brown base color and are black on the back and legs. The males are larger than the females and they have beards.

They always have horns that are open and spiral in the males. In females they are arched and smaller. The tender meat of the fawn is valued by hunter

Hunting is practiced with a rifle or, more traditionally, dogs and lasso, which allows the animal to be caught alive. Currently, due to overpopulation and the lack of natural predators, the wild goat is a major problem and a pest for the Majorcan ecosystem. Much of the Sierra de Tramuntana forests are in constant recession due to their voracious appetites. Today we only see and find the plants that wild goats do not eat. On the other hand, these “fire brigade goats” carry out a kind of forest cleaning work, which serves to prevent possible forest fires.