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
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.

Monday, 20 November 2017 12:40

Thanks to the activity of the six Anti-poison Dog Units, created in 2016 by the Carabinieri Forestry Corps in the framework of the LIFE PLUTO Project with the financial support of the European Commission, more and more episodes of poison use are being detected as time passes. Some of them took place in the Province of Arezzo.

Monday, 26 June 2017 10:36

On 25 March 2017 a red kite, that had been born in Czech Republic and wintered in southern Tuscany, died of poisoning in a game reserve in the province of Siena: it was found thanks to the GPS data logger through which researchers followed its movements.

Tuesday, 18 April 2017 06:10

The Ministry of Environment and the Italian National Institute for Environmental Protection and Research (ISPRA) have developed a “National Action Plan to fight offences against wild birds”, identifying poison baits as one of the most widespread offences against avifauna in Italy, and including actions to strengthen Anti-poison Dog Units.

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