Spain Beared Vulture population is indeed coming back , from around 50 breeding pairs in 1991 to 130 in 2014 .
The Spanish population is growing fast and many individuals are flying all over Spanish mountains far from the Pyrenees like Picos de Europa , Iberia System and even south in Andalusia mountains where there has been some introductions also ( they flew this mountains until 1996) , but they have not breed yet.
The biggest problem for this specie is the great difficulty to successfully colonize new territories , for example in Navarra mountains ( part of the Pyrenees ) they have been flying for 20 years or more and it was only 2 years ago that 2 pairs successfully breed.
It is true that in Europe bovine farmers are not allowed to put dead cows in vulture restaurants any more ( after mad cows outbreak ) but sheep and pigs farms are still able to throw dead animals in these restaurants .
This is crucial to maintain the Spanish vulture populations . We have 4 different vulture species breeding in Spain . Apart from Beared Vultures , we have Egyptian Vultures that are migrants and come to breed in Spain ( more than 1.000 breeding pairs , but with a high decline in the last few years ) , the Black Vulture with close to 2.000 breeding pairs in the last census ( more than 80 % of Europe population ) and finally Gryffon Vulture with 25.000 pairs in 2008 census.
it is believed that this figure has decreased considerably in recent years due to the problem of mad cow disease, poison and power lines accidents.
By the way , i think the Spanish name of the Beared Vulture is the best and is also a beautiful world ; the bird in Spanish is call " QUEBRANTAHUESOS " which means BONEBREAKER !!! You know how they feed ,do you ?