Goats in Cala San Vicente.


Xisco Mas, president of the local residents association, is leading complaints about the number of wild goats roaming freely in Cala San Vicente. He says that the goats pose a threat to people and the general environment, including damage to dry-stone walls. The problem, he adds, is not new but has been increasing in recent years. He blames the environment ministry for its inactivity in tackling the problem.

Goats have been an issue elsewhere in Pollensa, especially in Puerto Pollensa. The closure of a finca and an authorised cull has made them less of an issue in the Boquer area.

The director of hunting at the Council of Majorca, Joan Manera, says that his department does authorise culls. He points out that the problem in Cala San Vicente (and other places in Majorca) is that the goats can find land in urbanised areas to be ideal but that unless the landowner is easily contactable, which isn't always the case, the Council can't act; it has to make requests to owners in order to be able to onto their land and carry out a cull.