Hunting and Territory: CIA, ungulates and agriculture the question to be addressed; necessary interventions suitable to prevent damage to crops by ungulates.
Attacks and damage to the countryside by wildlife are increasing and there are many, from farmers and trade associations to hunters, to demand more effective and suitable interventions and procedures for the prevention and control of ungulates.
As told a few days ago in our newspaper, the issue, in territories like Montalcino is very delicate and extremely complex and felt by the whole population who is in danger because, the increase in fauna not only damages the crops but becomes dangerous for motorists. and anyone who finds himself having to travel the numerous roads of the territory surrounded by woods and vegetation.
If many hunters from the city of Brunello have organized themselves, together with other groups of neighboring localities, into an association, the “Pro Boar", Which has the purpose of enhancing ungulates and safeguarding the hunt to which the traditions, culture and economy of the province are linked, the Italian Farmers Confederation urgently asks for an" ad hoc "table to discuss and tackle the problem.
“The opening of an inter-ministerial working table with agricultural organizations was ensured, in order to jointly identify possible solutions to the problem - the CIA clarifies in a press release - but for now all is silent. In the meantime, however, it is becoming increasingly difficult to coexist on the territory between farmers and wild animals, whose numbers have reached worrying levels, causing heavy economic damage to agricultural businesses. Suffice it to say that, in the regions most affected by the problem, the annual average of recognized damage from wildlife now amounts to 2,1 million euros in Tuscany and even 2,7 million euros in Emilia Romagna ”.
It is clear, as the Confederation reminds us, that the emergency exists and that it is necessary to urgently work to strengthen the preventive containment tools, to streamline the procedures and to strengthen the funds for compensation to the farmers involved, also considering that today in many regions these barely cover 30% of recognized damage and are often limited to so-called priority species.
(May 2, 2015)