Snared: catching poachers to save Italy’s songbirds

With 5 million birds a 12 months illegally stuck in Italy, activists in Brescia are teaming up with native police to entice the hunters

After two hours of scouring the mountains of Brescia, Stefania Travaglia in spite of everything reveals what she is in search of. A number of the faraway farmhouses of an alpine hamlet, a spring-net entice is partly hidden at the back of a grassy embankment and a couple of bushes. Tangled within the cord mesh, an exhausted fieldfare thrush sits silent and unmoving.

Travaglia units to paintings temporarily and quietly, hiding two motion-sensor cameras subsequent to the entice. Transparent proof of wrongdoing is had to catch a poacher. “You need to see the entirety: you need to see the entice; you need to see the individual; and if there’s a chicken in it,” she says.

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