The CIA, the Italian Farmers' Confederation of Bologna, denounces the invasion of hill and mountain farms by thousands of ungulates of various species.
Too many ungulates, including wild boar, deer, roe deer and fallow deer, those that have now invaded the farms, the hills and the Bolognese mountains, causing considerable damage to the farms in the area, aggravating the already precarious situation; according to the estimates of the Bolognese CIA based on official censuses this year, also considering that usually only 60-70% of animals can be registered, in the territory of the province of Bologna there would be about ten thousand wild boars, twenty thousand roe deer, 1200 fallow deer and more than 1500 deer.
We are therefore talking about thousands of large animals that not only devastate agricultural crops but constitute a real danger to public health as they are carriers of parasites, ticks and diseases that can be transmitted to domestic animals.
In fact, it has been estimated that every year the Bolognese farms lose more than 20% of their gross salable production due to these animals; furthermore, production losses are not compensated. According to the CIA, "This is an unsustainable situation and urgent action is needed to avoid the closure of mountain farms."
14 October 2012