In the Italian Alps the intensification of winter sports represents an increasing threat for Black Grouse (Tetrao tetrix). During the winters 2010/2011 and 2011/2012, characterised by different amounts of snowfall, 58 droppings from as many snow burrows were collected in three areas with different human disturbance to evaluate its effects on Black Grouse… (More)
Helminths have often been considered responsible in driving partially wildlife population density fluctuations; therefore more information have to be achieved when target hosts are endangered or threatened species, such as black grouse (Tetrao tetrix). During 8 years (2003–2010), we collected and analyzed 431 intestinal contents of hunted black grouse from… (More)
The complex life cycle of Toxoplasma gondii involves many animal species, raising zoonotic, economic, and conservation issues. This complexity is reflected in the molecular structure of T. gondii, whose different genotypes differ in pathogenicity. Among the intermediate hosts of T. gondii, wild ungulates may be a source of human infection. Despite intense… (More)
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