Benny, son of the “blonde” and the first example of wolf-dog in Piedmont was welcomed back by the pack

Benny, son of the “blonde” and the first example of wolf-dog in Piedmont was welcomed back by the pack
Benny, son of the “blonde” and the first example of wolf-dog in Piedmont was welcomed back by the pack
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After being captured and “infertilized”, the animal was released on October 28 and since then its movements have been followed through the radio collar

The son of the “blonde” is back in the group. The images collected in the last few weeks from camera traps placed by the staff of the Cottian Alps Protected Areas Management Body leave little doubt: Benny the wolf born from a pure female and a “wolf-dog” hybrid with a light coat (renamed Il Biondo) has been welcomed back by his family.

The puppy, born in 2022, was captured on 25 October in the Orsiera Rocciavré natural park as part of the campaign to contain the phenomenon of hybridization in the lower Val di Susa. After being “infertilized” Benny was released on October 28 and since then his movements have been followed through the radio collar. The GPS antenna signaled his movements and good health every day, but the proof of the fact that he returned to the pack, as expected by the researchers, came from the camera traps.

A shot in the Orsiera park documents that the pack is complete again, with the young easily recognizable thanks to the presence of the radio collar next to another young specimen with a light coat, presumably a brother or sister. «It is a very valuable documentation from a scientific point of view because it demonstrates the effectiveness of the entire operation that led to the return to nature without consequences for the animal – explain from the Alpi Cozie park -. The wolf-dog hybridization currently represents the main danger for the conservation of the wild species and the data collected from these first experiences will provide an excellent basis for continuing the work of reproductive neutralization of the herd of hybrids in Val Susa».

The analysis of Benny’s movements in the last month show that he is a young specimen already endowed with a marked autonomy: «He appreciates solo explorations and patrols, foreseeing the moment in which physiologically he will move away from the herd to go “dispersion” in search of a partner – conclude the researchers – The operation he underwent, in fact, did not deprive him of the natural hormonal development, but only of the possibility of fertilising».

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November 24, 2022

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