Wild Animals: 2,184 Treviso Province CRAS Interventions in 2023, Hedgehogs the Most Frequent Species

93 species assisted, including also wolves, dormice, badgers, hares, owls, blackbirds and squirrels


Promo - published on 24 January 2024


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Source: press office Province of Treviso

More than two thousand interventions to rescue wild animals in distress on the provincial territory in 2023: the Province of Treviso has drawn up a balance sheet of the activity of the Wildlife Recovery Center carried out last year, and the result is 2,184 interventions, with a total of 2,387 animals recovered belonging to 93 different species. Of these, 2092 specimens were managed directly within the Center during 2023, with specific care and medication.

The Wildlife Recovery Center is managed by the Province of Treviso, 7 days a week and 24 hours a day, as part of the territory’s environmental and wildlife protection functions. It is in charge of recovering injured and distressed wild animals in the provincial territory, carries out all the necessary investigations and treatment to return them to the wild in safety and health, according to the instructions of the veterinarian in charge. It is directed by the Provincial Police with the collaboration of the Veneto Region Environmental Guards.

 

Participating in today’s press conference were Stefano Marcon, president of the Province of Treviso; Maria Teresa Miori, manager of the Provincial Police sector; Marco Martini, veterinary director of CRAS commissioned by the Province; Francesca Tognon, veterinary nurse; and Luciano Rocchino, contact person for the Guards for the Environment.

In detail, 2,387 animals were rescued in 2023: when an animal in distress is reported, provincial police officers and Guardie per l’Ambiente operators in charge of the Province’s CRAS, based on the indications of medical personnel, analyze and assess the case, going to the place indicated by the citizen who reported the animal’s presence and taking care of carrying out the rescue. The total figure of 2,387 rescued animals includes all the activities carried out, even those cases in which the animal being rescued, following an appropriate on-site assessment, is left at large because it is free of injuries or disabling conditions. Even in this situation, operators assist the animal on site, performing all the necessary checks and operations to release it safely.

Among the 93 species assisted last year, 8 were the most frequent: in first place the hedgehog, with 517 specimens recovered; in second place the blackbird, 332; in third place the ringdove, 179; in fourth place the wood pigeon, 124; in fifth place the common swift, 114; in sixth place the owl, 91; in seventh place the mallard, 80; and finally, in eighth place the European hare, 77 specimens rescued.

Looking instead at the main reasons for the need for rescue, the most frequent causes appear to be young age (786 specimens), which includes all cases in which the actual absence of parental care was verified, or vulnerable conditions during the first few days out of the nest. In the second case, the intervention almost always ended with relocation to the safest area adjacent to the find. The second most frequent cause in reporting cases concerns the state of debilitation of the animal caused by disease, whether parasitic, viral or bacterial: 485 recoveries fall into this category. Also among the most frequent reasons are the presence of trauma (447 animals rescued for this aspect), such as fractures and injuries of various kinds, as well as predation by dogs, cats and corvids (412 recoveries), and road investments (348 recoveries). Finally, the sixth most frequent cause concerns the presence of carrion fly larvae in animals found in distress (89 recoveries).

CRAS of the Province of Treviso also supports the Belluno Provincial Police, which benefits from a specific agreement with the center for recovery and care activities. In 2023, there were 24 specimens assisted at CRAS from the Belluno area: 4 kestrels, 3 dormice, 2 tawny owls, 2 buzzards, 2 bee-eaters, 2 badgers, 2 scops owls, 1 alpine chough, 1 wolf, 1 red squirrel, 1 common swift, 1 cuckoo, 1 flycatcher, and 1 green woodpecker.

To report the presence of animals in distress and receive appropriate guidance from the medical staff of the Treviso Province Wildlife Recovery Center, citizens can call: 320 432 0671 operating 24/7.

An intense activity in 2023 that has seen more than 2,000 recoveries thanks to the extraordinary work of the provincial CRAS team made up of Provincial Police, Environmental Guards and veterinary medical personnel – stresses Stefano Marcon, president of the Province of TrevisoThe experience over the years has made us a point of reference for the entire regional territory, especially with the Province of Belluno, which benefits from an agreement to have medical support in recovery operations. As a Province we will draw up guidelines, a sort of vademecum, with the directions to follow in case you come across an animal, how to avoid touching or moving it, what aspects to observe in order to understand its condition, and all the other simple things to pay attention to. We will also share this vademecum with municipalities, so that they can post it in dedicated spaces or publish it on their websites, so that it is spread among citizens.

It is a source of pride to say that our CRAS has truly become a point of reference for the territory –  the words of Maria Teresa Miori, manager of the Provincial Policethe experience of our collaborators is extraordinary, managing so many cases is by no means simple. The greatest satisfaction is when we are able to rescue an animal and see its path to recovery at the Center, thanks to medical treatment and the phases of reintroduction into the wild preparatory to its release: having successfully overcome this path, seeing how the treated specimens return to their habitat is a great joy.

There have been numerous interventions, but if I have to mention one in particular I remember with pleasure the case of the wolf Elsa – recalls Marco Martini, CRAS veterinarian after the road investment and the recovery in Belluno territory, we hosted the wolf at the Province Center for all the necessary care. She presented multiple fractures, not a simple case. Yet she responded positively to medical intervention, and in the spring of last year we released her back to her home area in the province of Belluno. Thanks to the monitoring carried out by the University of Sassari, which on the instructions of the Veneto Region is in charge as part of a research project specifically on wolves, we learned that months later she traveled more than 100 km, returning to her wild state in full health.

The Guards for the Environment takes care of the actual recovery phase – explains Luciano Rocchino, contact person for the Guardswe are operational 24/7 and, upon being reported by citizens to the CRAS number, we go to the location of the find and carry out the recovery within a couple of hours. We urge anyone who comes across an animal in distress therefore to contact us at 320 432 0671 to report the presence of a wild cub or an animal in a critical state before independently taking any “step,” because it could be the wrong one. The Province’s CRAS team is at your disposal.

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