On Friday, nevertheless, the regional environmental company Cornare introduced its efforts to regulate the hippo inhabitants had led to 24 extra hippos being handled with a brand new technique: darts laden with the contraceptive drug GonaCon.
Scientists should now monitor the efficacy of the drug by measuring hormone ranges in hippo feces.
“It’s the first time that we’re implementing this process. We’re going to comply with up and monitor it to learn how profitable it may be,” stated David Echeverri López, coordinator of the Cornare Forest and Biodiversity Group.
Escobar’s hippopotamus assortment started with just one male and three females. Upon his dying, different species of unique animals have been relocated, however the hippos have been left as a result of they have been too tough to seize and transport, in keeping with the Organic Conservation research. They quickly started to multiply, spreading across the Magdalena river basin from their authentic residence some 100 miles east of town of Medellin.
Analysis has proven unfavorable results of hippo waste on oxygen ranges in our bodies of water, which may have an effect on fish and in the end people. Hippos additionally pose a menace to agriculture and to the safety of individuals in affected areas, in keeping with the Organic Conservation research. In Might 2020, a hippo assault left a 45-year-old man significantly injured.
CNN’s Stefano Pozzebon reported from Bogota, and Jack Man contributed earlier reporting from London.