OVER 5'000 animals were killed on the Balearic roads last year.
The Council of Majorca's environment boss, Catalina Julve, reported yesterday that during the course of last year, 103 animals, including 81 dogs, were captured alive from the region's roads while the animal collection service removed a total of 5.095 dead animals, the majority being dogs, hares and cats.
The Fundacion Natura Parc is responsible for recovering dead or alive animals from the Balearics' roads.
It is also charged with administering any medical attention to injured animals.
Julve said that the Natura Parc service is coordinated by the Council of Majorca and the security services and that this year the service would be operating 24 hours a day, seven days per week as opposed to between 7am and 9pm. Natura Parc were even called out New Year's Eve this year, Julve said yesterday.
She also announced that her department will be continuing the pioneering sea gull monitoring project this year.
Since the project was started in 2003, a total of 815 sea gulls have been tagged and monitored as part of the study of their breeding habits, health - in particular the flocks which inhabit the Son Reus rubbish tip - and their behaviour, which at times has been reported as violent by the public and pet owners.