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Title of the project

Tb in Alpine Wildlife


Collection of biological samples, biometric data on hunted animals and data on population managment and density


Red deer (Cervus elaphus) was recognized as a maintenance host for bovine tuberculosis in the Alpine region.There are almost 2 publications in international journal derived from the project.


Country Austria, Germany, Italy, Switzerland
Level International

Starting date


Habitat Types


Protection status of the areas

Hunting reserve, No protection status


Species Caracteristics Huntable species, Abundant species
Species Type Mammals (other than large carnivores)
Name(s) of main species Red Deer (Cervus elaphus), Wild Boar (Sus scrofa)

Conservation action(s)

Research and data collection (e.g. monitoring, bag data), Communication and education (for different target audiences e.g. hunters, the wider public)


Leading partners Austrian Agency for Health and Food Safety Istituto Zooprofilattico Sperimentale della Lombardia e dell'Emilia Romagna ItalyAustrian Agency for Health and Food Safety AustriaTechnical University of Munich - Chair for Timber Structures and Building Construction GermanyIstituto Zooprofilattico Sperimentale della Venezie ItalyFederal Department of Home Affairs - Federal Food Safety and Veterinary Office SwitzerlandMinistry of Rural Affairs and Consumer Protection Baden-Württemberg - Landwirtschaftliches Zentrum für Rinderhaltung, Grünlandwirtschaft, Milchwirtschaft, Wild und Fischerei Baden-Württemberg - Wildforschungsstelle Aulendorf GermanyEMC Microcollections GmbH GermanyBavarian State Ministry of the Environment and Consumer Protection - Referat Tierseuchen GermanyAustrian Agency for Health and Food Safety - Institute for Veterinary Disease Control Innsbruck AustriaMedical University of Innsbruck AustriaBavarian Health and Food Safety Authority GermanyUniversity of Veterinary Medicine Vienna - Research Institute for Wildlife Ecology - AustriaUniversity of Bern - Centre for Fish and Wildlife Health SwitzerlandUniversity of Veterinary Medicine Vienna - Institute for Veterinary Public Health AustriaMinistry of Rural Affairs and Consumer Protection Baden-Württemberg - Staatliches Tierärztliches Untersuchungsamt Aulendorf -Diagnostikzentrum- Baden Württemberg GermanyMinistry of Rural Affairs and Consumer Protection Baden-Württemberg Germany

Estimation of the budget (total or annual)

total about 400.000 euro


Fink, Maria, et al. Red deer as maintenance host for bovine tuberculosis, Alpine region. Emerging infectious diseases 21.3 (2015): 464.Chiari, Mario, et al. Isolation of Mycobacterium caprae (Lechtal genotype) from red deer (Cervus elaphus) in Italy. Journal of wildlife diseases 50.2 (2014): 330-333.https://www.era-learn.eu/network-information/networks/emida/emida-2009-research-call/tuberculosis-in-alpine-wildlife-monitoring-diagnostics-and-potential-control-strategies-of-tuberculosis-in-wild-animals-in-the-alpine-provinces-of-austria-germany-italy-and-switzerland