The LIFE Natura PLUTO project

Every year, hundreds of house and wild animals die in Italy after ingesting poison baits. Victims even include rare and protected wild animals, such as bears and wolves, and many birds of prey like griffon vultures and red kites.
The LIFE PLUTO Project consists of several synergistic actions to prevent and combat the use of poison in Central and Southern Italy, thus helping to preserve protected species that are susceptible to this threat.
Main actions include the creation and use, by the State Forestry Corps, of six Anti-poison Dog Units, an essential instrument to detect poison baits and carcasses, and to rapidly and effectively remove them.
The LIFE PLUTO Project also aims at training staff to adequately manage poisoning cases, at involving institutional stakeholders and at sensitising local population to encourage reporting of suspected cases.
In the Gran Sasso-Laga National Park, the LIFE Project will make it possible, among other things, to carry out specific activities to prevent the use of poison, such as the setting up of feeding stations for birds of prey (“carnai”), to be supplied in collaboration with local livestock farms.

Latest news
Monday, 23 April 2018 10:47

On 20 April 2018 the Gran Sasso-Laga National Park hosted a team of the Ministry of Agriculture of Hungary visiting Italy to deepen their knowledge on the LIFE program and improve their ability to develop successful projects in the framework of this program based on knowledge and experience made available by other European beneficiaries.

Friday, 13 April 2018 09:52

No less than 35 school classes of the Gran Sasso-Laga National Park area are taking part in the educational project "Pluto, un amico a quattro zampe", designed to make kids reflect on the danger that poison baits pose to the conservation of many species of mammals and birds of prey.

Thursday, 12 April 2018 08:52

At the beginning of April, one of the six Anti-poison Dog Units of the LIFE PLUTO project and the Anti-poison Dog Unit of the LIFE Medwolf project carried out a joint inspection at a game reserve in the province of Siena.

Wednesday, 24 January 2018 08:15

In the framework of the LIFE PLUTO Project, the Carabinieri department for forest, environment and food safeguard (CUTFAA) has created a promotional brochure on Anti-poison Dog Units, as well as a technical document to help its staff manage poisoning episodes and use the Dog Units.

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