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Valeria Salvatori

Valeria Salvatori
Istituto di Ecologia Applicata · Ecology

PhD

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Introduction
I am currently coordinating the implementation of stakeholder platforms in Spain, Romania and Sweden, and I am managing the one established in Grosseto Province, Tuscany, in Central Italy. I am also a consultant for the National Environmental Research Agency (ISPRA) for coordinating the first Wolf National Monitoring
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Publications (35)
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As wolves in Europe are expanding in range, their impact on economic activities through predation on livestock is increasing. In this context, the effectiveness of damage compensation programs is being debated and requires adequate assessment. With this aim, we performed a survey of wolf depredation on livestock in Italy during the years 2010 − 201...
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Sharing space with large carnivores on a human-dominated continent like Europe results in multiple conflictful interactions with human interests, of which depredation on livestock is the most widespread. We conducted an analysis of the impact by all four European large carnivores on sheep farming in 10 European countries, during the period 2010-201...
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Facilitating coexistence between people and large carnivores is critical for large carnivore conservation in human-dominated landscapes, when their presence impacts negatively on human interests. Such situations will often require novel ways of mediating between different values, worldviews and opinions about how carnivores should be managed. We re...
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Social conflicts around large carnivores are increasing in Europe, often associated to the species expansion into human-modified and agricultural landscapes. Large carnivores can be seen as an added value by some but as a source of difficulties by others, depending on different values, attitudes, livelihoods, and everyday activities. Therefore, the...
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Social conflicts over large carnivores are becoming more frequent following the general recovery of large carnivores in human shaped landscapes in Europe. To manage conflicts over large carnivores a detailed knowledge is necessary on the social, economic, cultural but also interpersonal dimensions of the conflicts. This can be achieved through a pa...
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Pais B., Talvi T., Vielmi L., Salvatori V. From conflict to collaboration: improving coexistence of people and large carnivores. – Carnivote Damage Prevention News 2019 18: 31-33.
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Representing a form of anthropogenic hybridization, wolf–dog interbreeding may potentially compromise the ecological and evolutionary traits of local wolf populations and corrode social tolerance towards wolves. However, estimates of the extent of wolf–dog hybridization in wolf populations are scarce, especially at a multi-pack scale and in human-d...
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Anthropogenic hybridization is widely perceived as a threat to the conservation of biodiversity. Nevertheless, to date, relevant policy and management interventions are unresolved and highly convoluted. While this is due to the inherent complexity of the issue, we hereby hypothesize that a lack of agreement concerning management goals and approache...
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In many parts of the world, livestock guarding dogs (LGDs) are considered one of the most powerful prevention tools against carnivore predation on domestic animals, but how they behave when left unsupervised with their flock on pastures is mostly unknown. We monitored 29 LGDs with GPS (Global Positioning System) collars in order to investigate thei...
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Exchanging experience and finding solutions to problems facing the use of livestock guarding dogs (LGDs) in modern societies were among the goals of a meeting organized in Portugal from 20th to 21st October 2015 within the scope of the LIFE MedWolf Project (www.medwolf.eu). The meeting was attended by 16 specialists from around Europe (Portugal, Sp...
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Range expansion by large carnivores in semi-agricultural landscapes represents a serious challenge for managing human-carnivore conflicts. By focusing on an area of recent re-colonization by wolves in central Italy, where livestock owners lost traditional husbandry practices to cope with wolves, we assessed an ex post and a subsequent insurance-bas...
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Shape files of current and historical distribution maps of large carnivore species in Europe. Also available from http://datadryad.org/resource/doi:10.5061/dryad.986mp
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The conservation of large carnivores is a formidable challenge for biodiversity conservation. Using a data set on the past and current status of brown bears (Ursus arctos), Eurasian lynx (Lynx lynx), gray wolves (Canis lupus), and wolverines (Gulo gulo) in European countries, we show that roughly one-third of mainland Europe hosts at least one larg...
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In Iberian Peninsula, the economic impact of wolf damages on cattle is high and is becoming more relevant in recent times since cattle numbers are getting proportionally higher among livestock species. In this scope, the Iberian pilot action ““Exploring traditional husbandry methods to reduce wolf predation on free-ranging cattle in Portugal and Sp...
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Management of damage caused by wolf to domestic livestock is a crucial measure that must be part of an integrated management strategy. Despite the existence of responsible authorities for tackling such aspects, resources are often insufficient for addressing the complex issues. LIFE Nature projects represent a valid tool for the implementation of m...
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The Near Threatened maned wolf Chrysocyon brachyurus is a South American endemic canid occurring mainly in grassland-dominated regions. We compiled and mapped recent and historical data to compare the species’ present and historical distributions and propose hypotheses for range shifts. There has been recent range expansion in eastern Brazil associ...
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p>The present study is an effort towards the international and multidisciplinary approach to conservation of European biodiversity. The main aim was to map the distribution of suitable areas for the conservation of bears, lynx and wolves in the Carpathian Mountains. It was done applying a distance classifier, the Mahalanobis distance, over a set of...
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The importance of conserving wild populations of large carnivores in balance with local human interests has been recognised throughout the world. However, diverse human activities are in potential conflict with the conservation of large carnivore species. We discuss the role that hunters have in the management of three large carnivore species, the...
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This study analysed the spatial structure of the Carpathian Mountains, in Central Europe, considering it a unit that extends across national boundaries, and assessing the suitability of areas were wolves could be conserved. Physical characteristics of the area were extracted from NOAA-AVHRR NDVI. A set of 9 images from different periods of the year...
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An extensive study of vegetation changes as a consequence of fire and grazing pressure and their effect on small mammal populations inside the Maasai Mara National Reserve, Kenya, was carried out during May-June 1997. Comparison of vegetation maps from 1979 and 1998 suggested that vegetation in 46% of the Reserve area converted from shrubland to gr...
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An extensive study of vegetation changes as a consequence of fire and grazing pressure and their effect on small mammal populations inside the Maasai Mara National Reserve, Kenya, was carried out during May-June 1997. Comparison of vegetation maps from 1979 and 1998 suggested that vegetation in 46 f the Reserve area converted from shrubland to gras...
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It has been hypothesized that regenerating tropical forests are large atmospheric carbon sinks. Accurate estimates of the location, extent and biomass of regenerating tropical forests are needed in order to quantify their contribution to global carbon budgets. Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR) data are independent of near-constant tropical cloud cover...
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Movements and interactions of Chilean culpeo foxes (Pseudalopex culpaeus) were studied in a semi-arid region characterized by periodic droughts. Annual home ranges of adult foxes averaged 3.7 km2 (SE = 1.1), and home ranges of females were larger than those of males. Human-dominated habitats were included in 85% of estimated home ranges. Home range...
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Radio-telemetry is an excellent tool for gathering data on the biology of animals and their interactions with the environment they inhabit. Many methods have been developed for analyses of spatial information, on home range size and utilization density. Activity patterns are often described using radio-tracking data, but no generally accepted metho...
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Radiotelemetry data provide useful ecological information on the biology of animals and their interactions with the environment that they inhabit. Many methods have been developed for analysis of such data for spatial information, on home range size and utilisation density. However, no generally accepted method is currently available specifically f...

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CDPnews is a professional newsletter focused on the complex challenges of coexistence between people and large carnivores. Published articles range from original research through reviews of best practice to personal perspectives. It aims to: 1) raise awareness of practical solutions to human-wildlife conflict; 2) facilitate collaboration among researchers, policy makers, managers, practitioners and stakeholders; 3) improve knowledge exchange between countries and disciplines. For more information, past issues and Guidelines for Authors visit: www.cdpnews.net
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Establish stakeholder dialogue spaces in areas where presence of large carnivores is associated to high levels of conflicts between different in teste groups