The meadows and forests are covered with so much snow in the Cansiglio plateau, on the southern border of the province of Belluno, that the many deer have started eating the hay set aside by farmers, says reader Mirco Poletto. And Italy’s winter is not as severe as many other countries.
Dr Poletto sent this article (which I have heavily translated and edited):
With highland pastures covered by heavy snow, along with the whole forest and the Plain of Cansiglio, a large herd of deer strayed beyond the regional government “reserve” and attacked and destroyed in a single night about 100 tons of high-protein forage (alfafa), causing “significant damage” (more than 10 000 euro).
It was the most valuable winter forage from the qualitative point of view; very expensive organic feed and very difficult to find, because the year 2012 was droughty and not very productive.
The herd will definitely return again, so the farmer must find a way to defend his property. Otherwise his 60 cattle will be put at hunger “all because a bunch of wild animals are protected and allowed uncontrolled to eat a free ride.” The farmer has asked environmentalists and President Zaia to immediately authorize the hunting of deer.
See entire article in Italian:
Thanks to Dr Mirco Poletto for this link