Photo-trapping mountain mammals in Central Apennines

Updated: Aug 2

In Central Apennines, the ecological impacts of livestock grazing on wildlife, as well as the social dynamics that influence stocking densities and herding behaviour, represent a potential threat and are poorly understood and strongly debated.

Chiara Dragonetti, a PhD student of our team, is photo-trapping mammals in some mountainous areas of the Central Apennines, to quantify the presence of wild species and relate this to the presence of farmed species.

The aim of her research is to increase the limited knowledge about the impact of land use due to herbivores and overgrazing in these areas and to support the coexistence between wildlife and local communities.