“Forgotten” wolf-dog hybrid: now the region pays 292 thousand euros

Grosseto, Tuscany captures specimens that cannot be killed on the basis of a European project

Grosseto. For years, the Maremma (Crassum) Wildlife Sanctuary at Semproniano, on the slopes of the Amiata Grosseto area, has been feeding the animals at its own expense. The “hybrid” area of ​​wolves and dogs included in a European project wanted so much. When Europe ran out of money, the region also forgot about animals and projects. Christmas No and it continued feeding them. Only now, the Grosseto court has introduced the bill in the region: just under 300 thousand euros.

Bill from the court

Specifically, the Grosseto court sentenced the Tuscany region to seven years’ compensation of 292,000 euros for Christmas where it kept eight samples of the “wolf-dog hybrid” in custody. We therefore read the resolution of the Regional Council No. 491 dated 24th April, which allows withdrawal of funds from the guarantee fund earmarked for balance sheet loans. In order to comply with the Grosseto court sentence issued on March 24 and to notify the region on March 28, the regional council had to acknowledge that it had a pending (and off balance sheet) debt with the wildlife. Recovery Center ..

The amount of compensation is obvious and the story behind it is contradictory.

Saline debt

Compensation for the maintenance of the animals, 285,624 euros and 6,427 earned interest, was, in fact, fixed because the captive wolf-dog hybrids were released without charge as part of the Life-Ebrilf project, which ended in 2014. Conventional relationships. In short, without any agreement between the center and the region. The Tuscany Territory, for its part, authorizing the payment of contributions in the same resolution, declares its intention to “appeal to the Florence Court of Appeal for the reform of the general court sentence of Grosseto n ° 185/2022” and therefore “proceed with the termination of the expected capital.” , Subject to restitution after appeal. “

“Since the end of the project, I have tried several times to take charge of the area with the animals – the owner of Crassum de Semproniano declared, Marco Aloisie – But there was nothing to do. They can supply the hybrids to a public entity, or try to leave them for adoption. I don’t know what their motivation was, but I certainly couldn’t afford the cost of maintenance without compensation for the cost. On the other hand, hybrids cannot be killed until the fourth generation.

Forgotten project

The biggest paradox of this story is here. The Life-Ebrilf project was launched by the province of Grosseto at the time to capture many specimens of hybrids and canids that had already created problems for sheep farmers, due to their flock prey. However, these wolf-dog crossbreeds cannot be killed once caught. Explains the reason Andrea Forge, Director of the Maremma Natural History Museum. “The hybrid, as he underlined – is not a wolf or a pet dog, for which there are two specific laws of reference, not in the case of hybrids that do not have their own autonomous legal status. Saying 6.

Christmas, in fact, exploited it because it was unable to kill or release captive specimens in the wild. “Holiday law” (Absence of legislation) to obtain compensation for the cost of maintaining the specimens which were captured and handed over to their custody.

High cost

I understand – Aloisie added – that at first glance the compensation I received may seem high. But we must consider the fact that each of the 8 samples in question consumes 2-3 kg of meat per day, costing two euros per kilo. Then there is the cost of labor to follow the animals, veterinary care and maintenance of their hosted area, several thousand square meters large and fully fenced. Thus we reach 14 euros per day for seven years of maintenance. In a center like mine, I work at least two people, in addition to a veterinarian, each costing ,000 30,000 per year.

The Maremma Wildlife Rehabilitation Center is a private organization that deals with animal welfare, care, rehabilitation and care for injured, abandoned and abducted animals. In recent years, Christmas has hosted samples of all kinds of wildlife present in lions, tigers, camels, zebras and Tuscany.

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