Hunting and Fauna: Udine, three Swiss Lynxes will be freed in Friuli Venezia Giulia according to a project with the University of Udine: hunters' ecosystem alarm.
Three lynxes captured in Switzerland are waiting to be released (two are already housed in special cages in Tarvisio). This novelty of the last few days was enough to unleash the hunting world linked to the University of Udine, which does not hide the risks for the ecosystem of the Tarvisio forest. “The policy of taking small steps adopted by the Tarvisian hunting district in relation to the introduction of the lynx in the territory risks jumping”, affirms the president of the Tarvisian district Valerio Pituelli.
“The favorable opinion initially expressed by the hunting world - he continues - was given on the basis of the report of the project manager, Paolo Molinari”. On the same occasion, however, it was assured that the initiative had already been shared with all the interested bodies in the regional context. In the following months, the distinctions emerged from those who (University of Udine and Julian Prealps Park) declared that they knew nothing. At this point the hunting district asked the Region for a discussion table.
On that silent side, while the request for information to the University of Udine gave birth, as part of a meeting organized by the district where the absence of the Region was still highlighted, a detailed opinion of the same university with consequent suspension of the initial ok to the Hunters Project and the urgent request to President Serracchiani to suspend the project.
The Friulian university - explains Pituelli - underlined the absence upstream of a communicative and participatory plan that would make all the subjects interested in the project aware of the initiative, then indicating in the scientific merit of the plan, some serious shortcomings including the absence of information and analysis on the current and past consistency of the lynx and its distribution on the territory, of a detailed monitoring plan pre, during and post release (not counting the coexistence with other large predators on the territory, see bear and wolf for which they would miss analysis and possible effects). Now the Lynx Project has accelerated and the specimens are about to be released "as if you wanted to quickly close a case before, probing and probing, criticalities may emerge that suggest a rethinking or at least a more prudent approach" .
The Tarvisian hunting district has linked every future initiative to the indications of the Friulian university and in the light of the turning point that has been made to the project in recent days, the president of the Pituelli district observed: "We have always guaranteed collaboration with the world of research on the premise of reliable data and scientific seriousness: the observations of the University of Udine led us to reflect on the repercussions that the eventual implementation of the project could have on the ecosystem. We therefore ask ourselves why the Higher Institute for Environmental Protection and the Friuli Venezia Giulia Region have authorized a project with the deficiencies highlighted by the university, if the plan for the release of the specimens is conditional on precise prescriptions and if the same have been respect: we will take care to request access to all documentation ".
(April 12, 2014)