In Italy, precisely on the slopes of the mountains surrounding Cortina d'Ampezzo, yet another tragedy caused by environmental pollution occurs. In fact, an ibex died as a result of the after-effects due to the ingestion of a rusty tin of tuna.
The ibex had already been seen when it was in danger of suffocating from the can of tuna. Local law enforcement and veterinarians tried to save him. They first anesthetized him from about 2,000 meters away with tele-anesthesia.
Subsequently reached and sedated, the veterinarian was able to see how the swallowed box prevented the ibex from moving its tongue. Once removed, and treated for the lacerations caused by the same, the animal was then released in apparent good health, before premature death Mayor of Spresiano, the town where the animal died, Marco Della Pietra, commented on the story: "I never wanted to hear this news.
All the volunteers who attended are obviously very sad but aware that they have done everything possible to save it. I was hoping it was a story with a happy ending and instead I'm here to tell you how such a stupid gesture by man caused the death of this splendid animal.
Let's think about it."
The conservation of the Alpine ibex
Coming a step away from extinction during the nineteenth century, the species was saved thanks to the establishment, in 1856, of the Gran Paradiso Royal Hunting Reserve and subsequently of the Gran Paradiso National Park (1922).
The subsequent reintroduction operations, initiated with a pioneering spirit by the Swiss Confederation at the end of the nineteenth century, led to its reappearance in 175 different European Alpine areas. In the nineties a total population of about 30,000 was estimated.
Of these, about 15,000 live in Switzerland, 10,000 in France, 9,700 in Italy, 3,200 in Austria, 250 in Slovenia and 220 in Germany. Despite the relative fragmentation of its range, its population is currently growing significantly.
In 2015, the population along the entire Alpine arc was over 55,000 specimens, growing especially in Italy and Switzerland. Based on these data, the IUCN Red List classifies Capra ibex as a low-risk species (Least Concern).
The species is included in Appendix III of the Berne Convention and is subjected to protection measures regulated by different national legislations which in some cases provide for the absolute ban on hunting (France, Germany and Italy), in others the authorization for selective killing ( Switzerland, Austria, Slovenia and Bulgaria).