Lorena Tapia, Environment Minister confirmed the crime of murder to a juvenile female condor and filed suit in the Prosecutor to initiate investigations and determine those responsible.
To find those responsible, Tapia asked to impose on them the maximum penalty of five years in prison for threatening the life of an endangered species.
The offense was allegedly committed on Tuesday April 13 Gualay community, Portete Victory parish in Cuenca. The bullet that killed the condor’s head struck the animal, was when several farmers took the opportunity to photograph. These images were published on Saturday in social networks, generating general reviews.
The animal was reportedly killed by Damian N., El Durazno community. Witnesses report that the suspect used a long-range rifle, while the bird flew Chuacocha lagoon.
So far this year there have been three condors found dead. In the first two cases it was not possible to identify those responsible. Until now exist in Ecuador monitored only 68 condors in northern Pichincha and Azuay.