All for a handful of likes. An individual has shared on his Facebook profile a photograph in which he poses next to a mouflon that, according to his account, he hunted in the Teide National Park. In the text that accompanies the image, the user narrates his experience, mentioning that he has been traveling to Tenerife from the peninsula for several years in search of this elusive animal in a territory marked by lava and inhospitable conditions. According to the story, he finally had the opportunity to hunt a mouflon that weighed 49 kilos and had impressive shells 75 centimeters long.
The user expresses his excitement and satisfaction upon achieving the hunt, describing it as a dream come true thanks to the patience and perseverance he has dedicated to the goal. However, this publication generated numerous criticisms and controversies on the social network.
The text that has unleashed the controversy
“The ghost of the volcano, a dream come true. After several years traveling to Tenerife from the peninsula in search of the rare and elusive mouflon in this harsh and inhospitable territory occupied by lava, today I have had a new opportunity. Remembering the advice of a good friend “if there are no legs, mouflons cannot be killed.”“I started walking towards where my intuition was taking me, with the air hitting my face. As luck would have it, preparation met with the opportunity to make a shot at the biggest of them all.
Moments of tension, loneliness, adrenaline and a lot of uncertainty, but in the end magic was done, managing to get with my ghost from the volcano an impressive Canarian mouflon weighing 49 kilos, with imposing shells 75cm long. The truth is that upon collecting it I screamed so loudly with satisfaction that it had to be heard throughout the island, all I needed to do was cry, a dream come true thanks to two values such as patience and perseverance.
I want to dedicate this beautiful trophy to everyone who made this great experience possible…starting with my dear Celia who always accompanies me supporting all my crazy things, to Digi and Alci for opening the doors of this adventure for me, to Carlos and Vizcaino, those bosses of group that together with the rest of the members have instilled their philosophy in me and of course, to Alejandro de Armeria Alje and Rubio for making me believe in the meigas or rather in the mouflons.
The Canary mouflon
Between rich biodiversity in the fauna of the Canary Islands There is the Canary mouflon, scientifically known as Ovis orientalis musimon or Ovis aries musimon.
This mouflon, adapted to survive in challenging environments, has a resistant coat that allows it to face the varied climates of the archipelago. The males, with their curved and majestic horns, lead social groups as they venture out in search of herbs, bushes and plants, their main source of food.
However, the introduction of canary mouflon has posed conservation challenges. Their proliferation could affect native species and habitats by competing for essential resources. Conservationists are working tirelessly to understand and mitigate these impacts, thereby ensuring the delicate balance between species.