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Title of the project

Experimentation of an operative protocol for the capture and repopulation of some areas of the Province of Agrigento with subjects of capture of wild rabbit (Oryctolagus cuniculus) and evaluation of post-release survival.


Hunters promoted the research to assess reasons for decline in rabbit population, and to identify solution. Good rabbit population are very important also for predators species declining as Bonelli’s eagle (Aquila fasciata) and Lanner Falcon (Falco biarmicus feldegii).


Movements of subjects, predation


Country Italy
Level Local, Regional
Site Parco Archeologico Valle dei Templi di Agrigento - Area del Comune di Racalmuto
Municipalities involved Racalmuto
Province(s) Agrigento
Region Sicilia

Starting date


Habitat Types

Farmland, Island

Protection status of the areas

Regional protected area, Areas with voluntary or mandatory hunting ban


Species Caracteristics Huntable species, Threatened species
Species Type Mammals (other than large carnivores)
Name(s) of main species Oryctolagus cuniculus (Coniglio selvatico –Wild rabbit)

Conservation action(s)

Research and data collection (e.g. monitoring, bag data)


Leading partners Federazione Italiana della Caccia and Agrofauna, Regione Sicilia, Università di Palermo, Istituto Zooprofilattico Sperimentale della Sicilia, Provincia di Agrigento