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9 vultures found dead in Judean desert; authorities suspect malicious poisoning

Sue Surkes is The Times of Israel's environment reporter.

Nine dead vultures are found in the Judean Desert, in what the Israel Nature and Parks Authority suspects is a case of malicious poisoning.

The corpses are located in the area of the Kina and Kamrir streambeds after suspicious information was received from transmitters attached to the birds.

Next to them is a dead goat, which had apparently been poisoned and was being eaten by the vultures.

All the corpses are being taken to the veterinary institute at Beit Dagan in central Israel for further examination, while Nature and Parks Authority inspectors continue to roam the area as far as Sde Boker and Hamakhtesh Hakatan (The Small Crater) with a special sniffer dog.

Finding of an investigation will be relayed to the Israel Police.

The incident is a blow to Israel’s already endangered vulture population.

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