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
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.

Thursday, 16 February 2017 08:09

After having performed 80 inspections in 2016, the State Forestry Corps' Anti-poison Dog Units created in the framework of the LIFE PLUTO Project continue their activity and have already achieved a first result.

Monday, 05 December 2016 11:18

A second group of six dogs, trained in the search of poison baits, has arrived, and their handlers have attended an advanced training course: the process to establish PLUTO Anti-poison Dog Units has thus been completed.

Monday, 05 December 2016 11:13

In the Casentino area (Tuscany), one of the six Anti-poison Dog Units established by the LIFE PLUTO Project has detected the first poison baits.

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