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Medical-veterinary activities

In Majella National Park, medical-veterinary activities are routinely held in support of conservation and wildlife management. Such activities can be summarized as follows:

  • preparation and implementation of health surveillance programs on wildlife and livestock, in agreement and close collaboration with the Veterinary Services of the AASSLL (primary care trusts) competent for the territory;
  • sero-epidemiological investigations on those animals which are involved in conservation and management programs. Such investigations are directed not only to diseases normally under control of  public health system, but also to those considered to potentially affect the population dynamics of the wild species subject to protection;
  • processing of risk-map concerning the interactions between domestic and wild species through geo-referencing both of grazing areas and of information resulting from fauna monitoring;
  • coordination of wild animals captures; identification of capturing methods and protocols in relation to the specific knowledge acquired by the staff in relation to the territory,  to the target species and to eco-pathological aspects;
  • planning and supervision of the medical activities concerning animals' health during each wildlife management operation (reintroductions, translocations, withdrawals, etc.);
  • management of the health care facilities hosting wild animals bred in captivity (wildlife enclosures carrying on educational and scientific activities);
  • management of first aid to injured or distressed animals, coordination of medical-surgical therapeutic operations, planning of rehabilitative programs. Evaluation of the appropriateness of animal releases, in collaboration with zoologists and ethologists;
  • organization of the verification activities concerning predatory events at the expense of livestock; technical contribution to the development of procedural guidelines;
  • execution of anatomic-pathological investigations to ascertain the cause of livestock death in those cases when money compensations are requested for damages caused by predators;
  • management and prevention of damages caused by predators to livestock activities; assessment and planning of adequate ways for grazing management and enhancement of extensive zootechnical activities for the protection of  grasslands ecosystems.
Image of veterinarians at work
Image of veterinarians who control a chamois
Image of a measurement of the horns of chamois
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